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Jamestown Municipal Airport Runway and Taxiway Paving Project

Jamestown, TN
Award: High Performance

Project Team

Owner: Jamestown Municipal Airport

Contractor: Cleary Construction

Concrete Contractor: Simpson Construction A Division of Summers-Taylor, Inc.

Engineer: Neel-Schaffer

Concrete: IMI Irving Materials, Inc.

Slag Cement: LafargeHolcim

The Jamestown, TN Municipal Airport rehabilitation project was an Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant funded $6.7 million project to reconstruct and upgrade components of the existing runway and taxiway. Local officials have extensively lobbied for the upgrades to the airport in an effort to attract businesses to the area and spur economic development. Concrete was chosen for the project to provide the city a durable, long-lasting pavement that will serve the community for years to come. Slag cement was included in the mixture to ensure the concrete provided met the specification guidance outlined in the FAA’s P-501.

The pavement on the project met all required specifications, achieving a 28-day cylinder strength average of 7620 psi (53 MPa). Though not a requirement on the project, the pavement has the added benefit of a bright white appearance which can help with visibility.

This project had strong local support for the use of asphalt. However, the strength and durability of concrete convinced the owners it was the right choice for the job. The project was also remote (approximately 90 miles [145 km] from Knoxville, TN, and approximately 130 miles [209 km] from Nashville, TN), adding to the typical challenges that come with every project.

% Slag Cement Replacement


% Portland Cement


% Other SCM (if applicable)


1950 lb (885 kg) of limestone

Water/cementitious ratio


7-day strengths

5480 psi (38 MPa)

28-day strengths

7620 psi (53 MPa)


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