South Runway Project at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Gears Up

DATE: June 19, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Greg Meyer, Public Information Officer
Broward County Aviation Department
PHONE: 954-359-6116

During the week of June 18, 2012, hauling of fill material for the South Runway Construction Project at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport will begin. In July, activity will ramp up to two ten hour shifts a day and will haul more than 900 truckloads to the construction site near US Highway 1 and Griffin Road. An estimated 12,000 cubic yards of fill will be hauled to the airport six days a week.

Later this summer, a dedicated rail spur from the Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway will be completed to augment the fill operator. This initiative will reduce the number of trucks on the roadways significantly reducing vehicle exhaust emissions and traffic congestion. The FEC Rail Spur will handle two trains each day with 80 cars per train. Each train will haul 8,000 cubic yards of fill each day. See attachment for the truck and train routes to the airport.

To view the quarterly update by the Broward County Aviation Department or to read about the progress of the project, visit the FLLair section of

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 began 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 an economic impact assessment software (IMPLAN) as a basis, the construction is anticipated to generate approximately 11,000 jobs over the life of the project. IMPLAN 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
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is located in South Florida in the heart of Greater Fort Lauderdale’s Gold Coast. FLL is centrally located just 21 miles north of Miami International Airport (MIA) and 42 miles south of West Palm Beach International Airport (PBI). In 2010, FLL ranked 21st in the US in total passenger traffic and 13th in terms of domestic origin and destination passengers. With more than 600 flights a day, FLL offers nonstop service to more than 60 U.S. cities and includes international service to Canada, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Mexico, Latin America, and Europe. In 2011, FLL served 19.7 million domestic and 3.6 million international travelers.

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

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