Airport runway reseal completed

08 May 2014

A $2.6M reseal to the Albury Airport runway has been completed.

Downer EDI Works has wrapped up the project, delivering a complete reseal of the 1,900m long runway.

The upgrade will ensure the runway remains safe and compliant for the next 10-15 years and is the first major upgrade to the runway since 1997.

The works were completed at night and required 7,200 tonnes of asphalt to fully resurface the 57,000 square meters of runway area. Once the asphalt has fully cured the runway will have more than 1,500km of grooves cut into the surface that will greatly assist drainage and improve aircraft traction during wet conditions.

“It’s really pleasing that the works have been delivered without any impact on flight schedules,” AlburyCity Mayor Kevin Mack said. “The works have been underway overnight meaning the airport has been operating as usual during the day.”

“It’s a great outcome and a significant improvement to a major tourism and economic development asset in our city.”

"Passenger numbers at the airport have grown from 200,000 in 2005 to 269,000 in 2012-13. It's an increase of 35 percent in seven years," he said. "With more passengers coming through the airport we need to make sure the facilities can accommodate them."

Wodonga-based Downer EDI Works used all locally based labour and materials to complete the project.