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VIDEO: Brisbane completes $15 million runway overlay project

Essential resurfacing of Brisbane Airport’s main runway has been completed, following six months of night works involving up to 100 personnel and 60 items of plant and equipment per shift.

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Around 200,000 work hours and 18,000 tonnes of asphalt were employed in the $15 million project.

The resurfacing was conducted between midnight and 5am up to six nights a week, replacing the 11-year-old asphalt in the touchdown zones.

The new asphalt, which was produced onsite at a specially constructed mobile batch plant, will last for at least 10 years.

Julieanne Alroe, CEO of operator Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC), explained that the project resulted in no unplanned disruption to aircraft operations.

“The planning for this project started in February 2012, meaning that 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,” she said.

The remaining central section of the runway, including rapid exit taxiways, will be regularly inspected and are intended to undergo overlay work in 2015.

In October, Brisbane awarded the contract for the dredging and reclamation of its New Parallel Runway, which is scheduled to be complete by 2020.

The airport released a time-lapse video of the resurfacing work on the main runway:

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