Runway Construction One Year Later at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

DATE: January 25, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Greg Meyer, Public Information Officer
Broward County Aviation Department
PHONE: 954-359-6116

It has been one year since Broward County held its Groundbreaking Ceremony for the South Runway Expansion Project at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). The Dignitaries, VIP’s, and elected officials who helped celebrate the beginning of one of the most significant projects in the United States are working on new challenges while the Runway Project continues at full speed.

There have been many significant developments since last January for one of the most important construction projects in the state of Florida and the Country. The Runway Expansion Project has seen an increased amount of construction throughout every aspect of the Program. Once completed, FLL will offer a second commercial runway that will stretch 8,000 feet parallel to Griffin Road and will extend eastward over U.S. Highway 1 and the Florida East Coast Rail line. Motorists, trains, and pedestrians will pass under the new runway through a series of tunnels. The Project is expected to create 11,000 temporary jobs and generate up to a $1.4 billion in economic activity in the region.

Here is a look at some of the significant accomplishments reached by the Construction Teams and the Broward County Aviation Department since construction began.

By the Numbers:

• Nearly 30 percent of embankment needed for the Project is in place
• Approximately 1,903,872 million of 6,538,407 million cubic yards of embankment have been
   hauled to the site of the new South Runway
• In January 2013, the cumulative production per month of embankment is estimated at 2.8
   million cubic yards
• 1,781 of 2,664 pre-cast concrete piles have been installed; 67 percent complete
• 893 trees have been relocated from Perimeter Road and U.S. 1 (East) to areas within a five
   mile radius of FLL
• 15.9 acres of invasive plant species removed
• Total Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) Wall installed: 93,662.40 square feet of 323,500
   square feet; 29 percent complete
• Runway Pile Production: 1,125 linear feet of 1,676 linear feet; 67 percent complete
• Taxiway Pile Production: 412 linear feet of 999 linear ft.;  41.24 percent complete
• Total piles driven to date: 1,537 linear feet of 2,675
• Preparation for closure of Runway 13-31 in May 2013
• South entrance to the Airport at the intersection of Griffin and Perimeter Roads closed for
   underground utility installation and construction activity
• Broward County Aviation Department offices relocated to the Cabot Building and Airport
  Commerce Park

Once completed, the new South Runway will substantially reduce delays and increase capacity at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport by approximately 50 percent. With two parallel commercial runways, the Airport will be able to accommodate approximately 450,000 landings and takeoffs annually. This year, the construction activity associated with the South Runway, will infuse approximately one million dollars a day into the region. The new South Runway will be renamed 10R-28L and is on schedule to open in September of 2014.

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