Clear skies and mild temperatures in Bolivia’s Cochabamba Valley brought good news this week to Nuevo Mundo’s engineers and machine operators. With good weather they could continue to work from dawn until dusk as they press forward to finish as much runway work as possible before seasonal rains begin later in December. “The work is incredibly large”, says engineer Boris Rodriguez “but we’re making good progress.” He shared these photos and update with us.
Mano a Mano’s Largest Project to Date
This project, the largest undertaken by Mano a Mano to date, presents challenges that are unique to runway construction. One is the stringent set of specifications that must be met for safe aircraft landing.
What’s Needed for a Runway
- Materials must be of measurable hardness and resistance.
- The rock materials must be of varying sizes (granulometry) in order to form hard and compactable surfaces.
Fortunately, locally available materials meet these requirements.
Materials Required for the Correct Mixture Being Delivered to Site
The rock materials must be of varying sizes (granulometry) in order to form hard and compactable surfaces. This requirement presented us with significant challenges. The locally available material does not have the type of binder or clay needed for compacting. To address this problem, the crew takes the laborious step of mixing two dump trucks of crushed rock with one dump truck of fine rock and one of ceramic clay. This recipe produces a composition of materials that will hold and bind together.
Completed Runway Will Be 3,600 Feet in Length
The 75-foot-wide runway is worked in 1,000-foot-long segments, in 6-inch-thick increments. The completed runway will measure about 3,600 feet in length.
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