be tamped in 8-inch layers--known as lifts--
resulting in around 11 lifts with density tests
performed after each. That hadn't happened.
rough hands the size of baseball gloves and
a knee-jerk impulse to deny all wrongdoing)
along with a couple of executives from the
head office, the Tribble & Stephens team dug
up the soil over the culverts, layered in fresh
earth, compacted the new fill dirt according to
the specifications, and leveled out my taxiway.
pipes, and it was Bobcat Contractors who took
most of the blame for the sinking runway. In
truth, the runway didn't look so bad. The taxi-
way, on the other hand, was a disaster.
way and stretched a plastic red tape across
the crevasse and tried to measure just how
much the taxiway had sunk. He eyeballed
the low point, now puddled with water, put
a measuring tape to it, and as unscientific as
this was, Jim reasoned that the taxiway and
setting. Photo courtesy of David Hannah III.