Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for the $791 Million South Runway Project
DATE: January 17, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Greg Meyer, Public Information Officer
PHONE: 954-359-6116

On Monday, January 23, 2012 at 9:30 a.m., the Broward County Aviation Department (BCAD) will host a ceremonial groundbreaking event for the South Runway Expansion Project.  This project will be one of the most significant construction projects in the state of Florida during the next several years and is expected to generate more than 11,000 jobs over the life of the project. BCAD is undertaking the expansion of Runway 9R-27L to accommodate the growing demand at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

Broward County Mayor John E. Rodstrom, Jr. will be joined by the Board of County Commissioners for the ceremony. Other confirmed attendees include:  

  • United States Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood
  • Acting Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, Michael Huerta
  • Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz
  • Congresswoman Frederica Wilson
  • Florida Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary Richard Biter.

The event will take place at 950 South Perimeter Road, Fort Lauderdale, in a secure construction zone adjacent to the south runway on airport property. Reporters and television crews are encouraged to contact the Public Information Officer in advance for credentials. There will be on-site parking for live trucks and news vehicles. Media is encouraged to be on-site at least one hour in advance of the event for staging and interview opportunities. This event is by invitation only due to the high level of security necessary for the safety of the attendees and protection of the still operational south runway.

Background on the South Runway Project
The $791 million project will extend runway 9R/27L to an overall length of 8,000 feet and is estimated to be substantially completed in 2014. Construction of the project begins in January 2012 and, at its peak in 2013, will be  contributing more than $1 million per day to the local economy in construction activity.

Using the Regional Input-Output Modeling System (RIMS II) as a basis, the construction is anticipated to generate more than 11,000 jobs over the life of the project. RIMS II multipliers estimate how much a one-time or sustained increase in economic activity in a particular region will be supplied by industries located in the region and used by private and governmental agencies. Additionally, the airport has commenced wetland restoration/mitigation activity at West Lake Park, in Hollywood, Florida, and recently completed the pilot phase of a $170 million noise mitigation program. Beyond the direct economic impact, there are countless additional economic benefits that will be derived by the on-going activity during the construction period.  

The project is funded by the Federal Aviation Administration, the Florida Department of Transportation, and Passenger Facility Charges. FLL operates under the governance of the Broward County Board of County Commissioners and is an Enterprise Fund of Broward County, receiving no local tax revenues to support operations.

About FLL
FLL is one of the fastest growing airports in the country. It presently ranks 22nd in total passenger traffic and 15th in terms of origin and destination passengers. With over 600 flights a day, FLL offers nonstop service to more than 60 U.S. cities and international service to Canada, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Mexico, Latin American, and Europe. In 2010, FLL served 19 million domestic and 3.5 million international travelers.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is a service of the Broward County Board of County Commissioners

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