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North Runway Closed for Upgrades

Phase Three - North Runway Closed for Major Rehabilitation

The 9,000-foot long North Runway at Broward County's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) was closed on June 3, 2019, for major rehabilitation work for up to four months. All flights are currently using the South Runway during this rehabilitation project.

The project continues to move forward despite being shut down for several days in late August/early September due to Hurricane Dorian.  Weather-related challenges aside, construction has ramped back up with a third asphalt crew and a second asphalt plant with the goal of reopening the runway by September 30.

As of Week 14 of the targeted 120-day closure period, here are some of the accomplishments:

  • Construction of east Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS) bed is underway. The EMAS beds are critical safety components installed by airports and mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration to help slow or stop an aircraft that overruns the runway.
  • The new EMAS bed on the runway's west end is almost finished.
  • Drainage installation is completed.
  • Sod is being placed on finished infield areas.
  • The new 75-foot wide concrete keel center portion on the west end was completed. 
  • The runway crossing was relocated to the west end of the runway to prepare for the demolition of the last 400 feet of the old runway.
  • The reconstruction of the North Runway is now more than 75 percent complete. 
Read the project's bi-weekly newsletters below to learn more about the work completed to date. Check out the latest drone footage of the runway's rehab on the airport's YouTube channel. 

Updated: September 11, 2019

Newsletter for the Rehabilitation of North Airfield at FLL Project:

Volume 1, No. 7 (PDF) - September 11, 2019
Volume 1, No. 6 (PDF) - August 26, 2019
Volume 1, No. 5 (PDF) - August 12, 2019
Volume 1, No. 4 (PDF) - July 29, 2019
Volume 1, No. 3 (PDF) - July 15, 2019
Volume 1, No. 2 (PDF) - July 1, 2019
Volume 1, No. 1 (PDF) - June 17, 2019

Photo Gallery of North Runway Rehabilitation Work

Updated August 27, 2019



Drone Video of the North Runway Rehabilitation - August 2019
Fact Sheet Rehabilitation of North Airfield at FLL (PDF) - May 2019
Rehabilitation of North Airfield Presentation
Environmental Review (PDF)

Updated: August 21, 2019

Runway’s roots date back to World War II-era 

FLL's North Runway (10L-28R) will undergo significant rehabilitation this year and will be closed to aircraft traffic starting in early June. Preliminary taxiway construction began in late March to kick off the multimillion-dollar project. 

As FLL's primary and longest runway, 10L-28R can trace its roots back to 1943 when it was built by the U.S. Navy during World War II when the airport served a Naval Training base.

Starting at 12:01 AM on June 3, the 9,000-foot long runway will close for up to four months. All flights will use the South Runway during this rehabilitation project.

The rehabilitation work will include replacing the runway's 75-foot center portion with concrete to extend its life from 15 years to 30; repaving of its sides with asphalt, and electrical, signage and drainage systems upgrades. Additionally, taxiways upgrades will feature more modern and efficient designs, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will update runway status lights among other improvements. 

During the closure period, residents east and west of the south runway may experience increased noise. This situation, however, will return to normal conditions once the North Runway reopens.  

Updated: May 1, 2019


• Project Awarded: February 26, 2019 
• Phase 2 Taxiway A Work Begins: March 25, 2019 
• Phase 3 Runway Closure: June 3, 2019, for up to four months (estimated completion Sept. 30, 2019) 
• Phase 4 Taxiway B&C Work: October 2019 to March 2020 
• Overall Project Completion: March 2020 (estimated completion) 


• Total project budget: $90 million-plus (includes $64.4 million in construction costs)
• Locally planned, designed and constructed 
• 15 subcontractors/150-200 workers during runway closure 


• Technical Questions: Broward County Aviation Department (BCAD) Project Manager, 954-359-6973 
• Aircraft Noise Comments: Noise Hotline 866-822-7910 
• BCAD Public Information Officer: 954-359-6116
• For General Questions: Email

Updated: August 21, 2019
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