A $120 million contract has been awarded for major construction works on a new runway at Brisbane Airport.

The Dryandra Road Works contract was awarded to McConnell Dowell who will undertake the significant structural project, which involves the construction of a reinforced concrete four-lane underpass.

The underpass will allow vehicles to travel under the taxiways that will connect the new runway to the Domestic and International Terminals and existing runway system.  

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) CEO and Managing Director, Julieanne Alroe, said the Dryandra Road Works contract was a significant component of the overall contribution to jobs for the region, with 2,700 employment opportunities estimated at the peak of construction.

“Most importantly, when the new runway opens in 2020, Brisbane Airport will have one of the most efficient runway systems in the country, with sufficient capacity for many years to come,” Ms Alroe said.

“So it’s very exciting to be realising the grand vision for Brisbane Airport that has been in the planning since 1988 when the airport was opened in its current location.

“Indeed we are very fortunate that more than 30 years ago, the government at the time had the foresight to select this particular location for Brisbane Airport.

“It is a decision that has allowed maximum growth of the airport with minimum impact to the community due to the six kilometre buffer zone, the largest in Australia for any capital city airport,” Ms Alroe said.

McConnell Dowell, Project Manager – Dryandra Road Works, Grant Gibson, said, “McConnell Dowell is excited to be involved in the New Runway Project and look forward to working with BAC to deliver this crucial piece of infrastructure at Brisbane Airport.”

Works are expected to begin in March this year with a completion date in August 2018.

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