$6 million later, 549 holes have popped up on the newly surfaced runway at Lafayette Regional Airport. After so much time and money for the paving project, it's a surprising setback.
"It's all asphalt and somewhere in the process, there's an anomaly and we're not quite sure, the contractor is not quite sure,” said Greg Roberts, Director of Aviation.
Some holes are the size of a dime; others are larger than a quarter. But Roberts says calling them potholes is an exaggeration—an issue regulation would never allow at any airport. "The rain, the lightening, I mean, we get lightning strikes on the runway occasionally that are repaired,” said Roberts.
“You don't see potholes on runways. I guarantee you that there are no potholes on runways." And Roberts says the holes do not compromise safety, rather this issue is more about longevity. Ripping up the asphalt and starting over would cost too much money, so they're weighing several options for a fix.
"We want to make sure whatever we do is in concert with safety, number one. And then to show the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) we’re handling the public’s money wisely,” said Roberts. “That's what it's all about."
1808 Eraste Landry Rd, PO Box 90665,
Lafayette LA 70509