Runway overlay project completed at Brisbane Airport

25 November 2013 (Last Updated November 25th, 2013 18:30)

A major runway overlay project has been completed at Brisbane Airport in Queensland, Australia.

Brisbane Airport

A major runway overlay project has been completed at Brisbane Airport in Queensland, Australia.

The upgrade project involved replacing the existing 11-year-old asphalt in the touchdown zones at either end of the runway with new asphalt; the material was produced onsite at a mobile batch plant.

The project was completed with an investment of more than A$15m ($13.73m), after nearly six months of night work involving up to 100 personnel.

The upgrade required nearly 18,000t of asphalt, and 60 items of plant and equipment per shift, and 200,000 work hours.

"The runway is our primary asset, so it was essential the work schedule ran like clockwork each night."

New aeronautical ground lighting was installed and asphalt grooving was also done as part of the project.

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) CEO and managing director Julieanne Alroe said: "Planning for this project started in February 2012, meaning the handful of larger airline operators impacted by the overnight works were given 12 months' notice to adjust schedules accordingly.

"The runway is our primary asset, so it was essential the work schedule ran like clockwork each night ensuring the runway was open for morning flights at 5am and the contractors met this brief to the minute; rain, hail or shine."

BAC noted that the remaining central section of the runway including rapid exit taxiways, which are currently in good condition, will be regularly checked in order to overlay in 2015 or whenever required.

Last month, BAC awarded a contract for the dredging and reclamation of its second parallel runway, representing A$1.35bn ($1.23bn) of private investment.

The New Parallel Runway project includes 3.3km-long, 60m-wide runway, more than 12km of taxiways, navigational aids and other airfield infrastructure, and is expected to create 7,800 permanent jobs in the Brisbane/Moreton region by 2035.


Image: Brisbane Airport's runway overlay project involved replacing the existing 11-year old asphalt in the touchdown zones at either end of the runway with new asphalt. Photo: courtesy of David McKelvey.