Runway closures to continue
THE runway at Gladstone Airport will be closed intermittently this week, as works move forward in the $65 million airport upgrade.
Gladstone Regional Council has undertaken the project, which it mostly funded, along with $5.5 million in federal funding towards the terminal upgrade.
Council airport portfolio spokesman Councillor Clyde Cameron said the Gladstone Airport Runway Reconstruction Work was progressing well and remained on target for a late August completion.
Stage 4 general works have started and will involve the removal and replacement of the existing pavement, general earthworks and the construction of an upgraded drainage structure under the runway to alleviate the flooding that occurs occasionally.
Works are also being carried out to upgrade departure areas, including works near the baggage check-in point.
“Council advises that some minor clean-up work will occur after the runway completion date,” Cr Cameron said.
“The night works pavement layers and earthworks on the runway were completed last Friday and the reduced length of runway has been open to all aircraft since.
“The runway will be closed again tonight to fixed-wing aircraft to allow for a prime coat seal to be placed on the new pavement area.
“The runway will then be open from Thursday through to Sunday.”
He said a further runway closure to fixed wing aircraft would take place from July 5 to July 8 to allow for final asphalt surfacing of the new pavement areas to be completed.
All night closures are between 7.30pm and 6.30am.