Greater Toronto Airports Authority president and CEO Deborah Flint was joined by Omar Alghabra, Canada’s Minister of Transport, to launch the runway rehabilitation.

Runway 06L/24R, Pearson’s second busiest, will be temporarily closed until late autumn for a complete rehabilitation, one of the largest such projects in Toronto Pearson’s history. Built in the 1960s, this 3km-runway requires complete rehabilitation due to the wearing down of its concrete sub-structure by weather conditions, use and time. Rehabilitation will extend its life by 30 years and enhance the safety of the runway, GTAA said.

The project will include the use of recycled materials and upgrades to 1,800 LED lights, which will help enhance safety and reduce the runway’s carbon footprint. Other environmentally friendly construction practices include using crushed concrete from the runway pavement removal for the sub-base and base materials, and recycled milling asphalt materials on approach roads in the vicinity of the runway.

“This rehabilitation is about building essential infrastructure that is required for the economy of the region, the province and the nation,” said Flint. “A strong Pearson will support Canada’s recovery by enabling foreign direct investment, trade, tourism and critical goods movement. Moreover, this work will contribute millions of dollars to the local economy, create meaningful jobs and use sustainable construction practices.”