Runway overlay work at Ballina airport in October

MORE than $4 million will soon be spent on the new runway overlay at the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport, with the council awarding the tender for the works to Fulton Hogan Pty Ltd.

The company operates in Australia and New Zealand and has extensive experience with airport projects.

A construction team from Fulton Hogan is undertaking a similar runway overlay project at Coffs Harbour.

This is expected to be finished this month.

Work on the Ballina runway is due to start in October.

Ballina Shire Council general manager Paul Hickey said the works had been planned for a number of years.

Stage one, a partial overlay, was completed in November 2008.

At the time it was anticipated the next program of works would be in 2011, but it was deferred due to the continued strength of the runway.

The new runway overlay is to ensure the pavement strength of the runway for the next 10 years to accommodate existing and future services over this time.

With the increasing traffic at the airport these works are considered essential.

The tender is for a total of $4.3 million.

"Fulton Hogan is a very experienced company," Mr Hickey said.

"The works on the runway will be done at night, as weather permits."

The council has also allocated $357,000 to the project for other costs, including consultants, internal charges and contingencies, bringing the total estimated costs for the works to $4.65 million.



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