Beginning yesterday and for the next three nights, we will be installing new thermoplastic markings to one of our main taxiways (Taxiway Lima), which will replace the paint used in the past. Thermoplastic might sound futuristic and complex, but it's essentially surface markings that are pre-cut and pre-coloured signs that form a strong bond with the concrete upon application to the taxiway.
The benefit of thermoplastic is significant. Thermoplastic markings have a clean and crisp appearance, are more durable, and typically last seven years before needing to be replaced. The alternative is paint, which YVR currently applies to airfields annually during our summer maintenance. Eliminating the need to reapply paint each year will help reduce the amount of work that needs to be done during the annual summer runway maintenance period, and may lessen the length of runway closures due to repainting in the future.
During the thermoplastic installation from 12:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. on August 26 – 28, the North Runway will be used for departures which may increase noise levels. We appreciate your patience as we work to keep our runways operating safely and security for our passengers and the greater YVR community.
If you have any questions about the thermoplastic application or summer runway maintenance, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604.207.7097.