Hi-Lite executed nearly 27,000 SF of surface preparation at runways and taxiways of Key West International Airport (EYW) in May of 2018. The project was done through the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Statewide Airfield Markings Contract.
Hi-Lite provides frequent services to Key West International Airport. Key West has taken advantage of the FDOT Statewide contract for long-term planning and budgeting. The scope of work for Key West included surface preparation, which is crucial to achieving a quality end-product. Hi-Lite used 20,000 PSI waterblasting to prepare the markings in the runways, taxiways, ramps, and aprons. Surface preparation through waterblasting has several benefits. For example, dirt and debris are removed, facilitating a better bond between old and new coats of paint. The project also included the use of specialty paint enhancements, such as biocide additive, which will help to combat mold and mildew. The project also included the use of type III glass beads.
Markings at Key West were re-vitalized with new coats of paint. Brian Garratt, Regional Business Director and the main point of contact for the FDOT contract points out: "Routine maintenance like the one we carry out at Key West every year keeps the markings in great condition and protects the pavement from further degradation." Garratt explains that the model of routine maintenance as part of the airport's master plan should be implemented by all airports to maintain compliance 24/7.
Thomas J. Henderson, Acting Director of Airports, Key West International Airport & The Florida Keys Marathon International Airport adds: "In May of 2018 Hi-Lite Airfield Services conducted airfield markings painting for Monroe County, FL – Dept. of Airports. Monroe County, FL is the home of the Florida Keys. We have a two-airport system which includes Key West International Airport, and the Florida Keys Marathon International Airport. We typically like to have both airports completed during the same week. This was no problem for Hi-Lite. By staggering their prep crews and painting crews, they were able to complete work at both airports in a timely fashion. For example, while painting was being completed in Key West, the prep crew was already in Marathon getting the airfield ready for the next evening's work. This type of efficiency helped to keep this project as cost-effective for the airports as possible. We were very happy with this year's airfield markings painting, and we look forward to working with Hi-Lite again in the future."