Fitiuta Airport Upgrade, American Samoa


McConnell Dowell Constructors



The Fitiuta Airport project involved the construction of extensions to each end of the existing runway, situated on Manu’a Island. 

The runway extensions involved development of a quarry, placing reinforced embankments of fill and coastal armouring works.

The project was situated in a remote site near Pago Pago and it was necessary to fully utilise locally available materials for the runway embankment extension and pavement construction. Substantial cost savings were achieved through re-design of the embankment, which also included major coastal protection works.

The project involved working closely with McConnell Dowell to develop the local quarry, manage and handle a range of volcanic materials and assist with the contractual quality assurance requirements.

Valued at USD $16 million, this project was completed in 2004.

Services provided:

  • Geotechnical investigations
  • Quarry design
  • Construction quality assurance
  • Geo-grid reinforced embankment design
  • Coastal works design.
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