Australia’s Brisbane Airport has concluded construction of the first portions of the link taxiways that will connect the new runway with the domestic and international terminals, as well as the rest of the airfield.
The taxiway has been constructed by McConnell Dowell as part of the A$120m ($85.22m) Dryandra Road Underpass contract.
Construction of the taxiways will facilitate the opening of a public road providing access to airport facilities, including the General Aviation Precinct and plane spotter area on Acacia Street.
The road will be opened by the end of this month.
McConnell Dowell managing director Jim Frith said: “The underpass is an engineering feat, being 1.6m-thick at the deepest point, these bridges are designed to withstand the weight of a fully laden A380, as well as any planned future variants.”
Brisbane’s new runway is being built with an investment of approximately A$1.3bn ($923m) and is 3.3km-long and 60m-wide.
So far, the project has generated hundreds of construction jobs. The runway will create an additional 7,800 jobs and A$5bn ($3.5bn) in annual economic benefit to the region by 2035.
Brisbane Airport Corporation CEO Gert-Jan de Graaff said: “As the finish line for the construction of the biggest aviation project in Australia draws close it is easy to forget just how much planning it has taken to get to this point.
“Brisbane’s new runway has been on master plan documents since the 1970s, so to be here where we can physically stand on taxiways and see the foundations of the runway being laid is a huge achievement for the thousands of people who have been involved with this project since its very early days.
“Along with the runway and taxiway construction comes a multitude of other activities such as the construction of the High Intensity Approach Lighting system to both the north and south of the runway centreline, and landscaping the 300ha site ahead of opening in mid-2020.”