This photo shows progress of the Gladstone Airport runway upgrade.
This photo shows progress of the Gladstone Airport runway upgrade. Chrissy Harris

Night airport works end

A MAJOR milestone in the $65 million Gladstone Airport Runway Reconstruction Project has been achieved with Stage Four evening works finalised on Saturday.

Gladstone Regional Council Airport portfolio spokesperson Councillor Clyde Cameron said no further night works were planned during the remainder of the project, but day works associated with the current final Stage Four were expected to continue until mid to late August.

“The continuing day works component of Stage Four involves earthworks, placement of the new pavement and construction of a major box culvert to alleviate long-term flooding problems,” he said.

“This work is generally completed; the major culvert work is well advanced and the back-filling over the culvert almost complete. The pavement paver is now placing final layers of gravel on this section.

“The final program of runway works will be the asphalting of the remaining section of runway in August.”

Cr Cameron said work to the Callemondah overpass access road was on schedule for completion about mid to late August as well.

When complete, the overpass will divert traffic from Callemondah Industrial Estate to the Dawson Highway roundabout at Police Creek.

“There is still some work to be done on the runway side of the railway line and lighting has yet to be installed, but it is progressing well,” he said.

“We are also continuing with the airport terminal extension works, with the foundations almost complete and the forming up of columns for the first floor level under way. Residents will soon see the upper level taking shape.”

Cr Cameron said the council also would install a temporary baggage handling system at the terminal to ensure passengers were not affected by terminal works at the rear section of the building.

Other plans for the terminal include the installation of a new fire fighting service to boost fire fighting capability.



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