On the airport grounds, more black, but rather than lava, it is the asphalt of the long runways for the Boeings of Icelandair and the Airbuses of Wow. The ballet of airliners taking off and landing every two minutes at this peak of the tourist season does not seem to faze the Colas workers who are renovating the two main runways and two taxiways 90 meters away. About forty employees from Colas and its subcontractors will be working on this project until 2018. The €22-million contract is the largest awarded to Hlaðbær-Colas, Colas’ Icelandic subsidiary, since its creation.
As a result, aggregates must be imported from Norway by boat in shipments of 10,000 or 25,000 tons, four to six times a year (and twice as often with the big Keflavík project). It can take up to twelve hours to unload the rock. The bitumen also comes from Scandinavia or occasionally the United Kingdom with the same frequency in 3,000-ton shipments.
Hlaðbær-Colas thus hires many students, like Erlingur, a future computer specialist with blue eyes and a blond ponytail, who is working on the Reykjavik highway repair project. The regulars teach the job to these young people, some of whom come back each summer. In winter, however, days are short, and the work is totally different. Four teams crisscross the country round the clock, seven days a week, checking road conditions and plowing snow. Versatility is essential here.
Volcanologists now expect Katla, which lies beneath the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier, in southern Iceland, to erupt at any time. This once-in-a-century event could spew a cloud of ash into the sky that would be much larger than the one produced by Eyjafjallajökull.
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