Newcastle Runway Resurfacing

A £6 million project to resurface the single runway at Newcastle International Airport in the UK was completed in early March, five weeks ahead of schedule. The complex task of resurfacing the 7,641ft (2,329m) strip began at the start of January, 15 years after the job was last carried out.
The project involved removing the existing runway surface and laying approximately 16,500 tonnes of new asphalt in 410ft-long (125m) sections each night. The work was undertaken between 11:30pm and 5:45am so as not to disrupt daytime flight schedules. Grooves were then cut into the new layer to increase its friction and to manage surface water. Nearly 1,000 runway lights were also removed and replaced.