Orlando International Airport is removing the paint from two of its runways in effort to avoiding flaking from going into airplane engines.
Orlando International Airport is removing the paint from two of its runways in effort to avoiding flaking from going into airplane engines.

Orlando International Airport is looking for specialized contractors for a job to maintain  runways' safety.

The $2.2 million project involves blasting or grinding off paint that runs down center lines on two runways, and paint that lines the runways' edges and shoulders. The areas will then be repainted.

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As general maintenance, the airport paints the lines frequently and because the areas receive so many coatings, buildups can happen. Flaking can then occur and be sucked into airplane engines, said Stan Thornton, the airport's chief operating officer.

The airport is looking for contractors who are experienced in airfield painting, have a knowledge of such things as Federal Aviation Authority paint and how to apply the right thickness.

Subcontractors have to be skilled in paint removal and the repair of any joints that are damaged during the project. The project also involves traffic signals and signs and exterior, signal and special purpose lighting.

Bids are due July 14. The project is expected to last around 180 days, or about 75 days per runway.

The project involves two of the airport's four runways, a 10,000 foot one on the east airfield and a 12,000 foot one on the west airfield.

A full removal of paint and repainting has not been done to the project runways for at least 10 years. The airport's other two runways have been done more recently.

The runways that are being worked on will not be closed at the same time, so there should be no service disruptions, Thornton said.

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