A cold Saturday in January at the world’s busiest airport – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International. Runway 8L/26R – the airport’s busiest arrival runway – has been
closed for only two hours for Pavement Evaluation. The job isn’t easy: it requires engineers to walk all 9,000 feet of the 150-foot-wide runway to detect cracks and
deficiencies through the thick, black rubber build-up as their tennis shoes stick to the pavement despite the frigid winter day.