South Runway and Terminal 4 Update To The County Commission (September 27, 2012)
View a presentation (PDF) to the Broward County Commissioners on the status of the South Runway Expansion and Terminal 4 Redesign.

Two Years to the South Runway (10R-28L) Commissioning

Accomplishments to Date - September 18, 2012

General

The overall program consists of three projects.

  1. Land Acquisition for Runway 9R-27L
  2. Expansion of Runway 9R-27L
  3. Terminal 4 Gate Replacement

The Program’s Original Budget totals $1,165,628,000. The Committed Amount is $570,147,980 (over $490 million more than a year ago) and Work in Place totals $98,454,133 (over $60 million more than a year ago).

Expansion of the South Runway 9R-27L (to be 10R-28L)

  • A contract was executed with Tutor-Perini-Baker to design-build the runway structures over the FEC Railroad and Federal Highway [Work Package (WP) 303]. Construction began in January 2012.
  • Contractors completed the demolition of the former Port Everglades ID and Lancaster Steel buildings.
  • Runway 9R-27L closed on April 17, 2012 for reconstruction and extension.
  • BCAD relocated to new offices in spring 2012.
  • A contract was executed with Odebrecht-CFE for Runway 9R-27L site civil work and NAVAIDs infrastructure construction (WP 302). Construction began on June 4, 2012.
  • In August 2012, Atkins submitted the 90% design package for Runway 9R-27L and Associated Taxiway Paving, Lighting, Signage and Marking (WP 304) and for Taxiways P&Q and Associated Hold Pad Paving, Lighting, Signage and Marking (WP 305).
  • A contract was executed with PSI, Inc. for Runway Quality Acceptance and Materials Testing (QAMT) services. A Notice-to-Proceed was issued in May 2012.
  • The FEC Railroad completed in July 2012 the construction of a temporary rail spur. This allows over 30% of the fill needed for the south runway embankment to be brought by rail.
  • The FAA began construction of a new ASR-9.

Terminal 4 (T4) Gate Replacement

  • In August 2012, PGAL/Zyscovich (PZ) submitted 75% Construction Documents and the 100% shell package for T4 West (WP 403).
  • Cummings Balfour Beatty (CBB, the T4 Construction Manager at Risk or CMR) began in September 2011 the early construction on the western phase of Terminal 4.
  • A contract was executed with Turner for Construction Project Management (CPM) services for Terminal 4.
  • HDR submitted the 90% design plans for the apron reconstruction (WP 404) around T4 West in July 2012.
  • EAC submitted final design plans for the T4 West Fuel Hydrant System.
  • CBB received an Notice-To-Proceed for the construction of the Security Screening Checkpoint Relocation in July 2012.

Activities Expected in the Next 12 Months

(Note: All of the eight major activities we expected to complete between 9-18-11 and today have been completed!)

  • The third amendment to the Program Managers Office (PMO) contract for Program Management services through 2018 will be executed in late 2012.
  • The second amendment to the Runway CPM’s (PTG’s) contract for CPM services through 2015 will be executed in late 2012.
  • Runway 13-31 will close and be decommissioned in May 2013.
  • Construction will begin on the contract for Runway 9R-27L and Associated Taxiway Paving, Lighting, Signage and Marking (WP 304) and for Taxiways P&Q and Associated Hold Pad Paving, Lighting, Signage and Marking (WP 305) in July 2013.
  • Broward County will acquire an aerial easement from the FEC Railroad.
  • The FAA will commission a temporary ASR-9 in March 2013 allowing the existing ASR-9 to be removed.
  • The Runway 9R-27L Landscaping contract will be awarded in summer 2013.
  • The second amendment to the T4 CPM’s (Turner’s) contract for CPM services through 2018 will be executed in late 2012.
  • PZ will complete the 100% construction documents for T4 West. The Board will approve a GMP with CBB for T4 Full West Building Construction.
  • HDR will complete the design of the T4 West Apron. Construction will begin in second quarter 2013.
  • HDR will complete the 60% design plans for the T4 East Apron.
  • The Airline Fuel Consortium will complete the decommissioning of the existing T4 West Fuel Hydrant System. They will begin construction of the new T4 West Fuel Hydrant System.

South Perimeter Road Closed

The Broward County Aviation Department temporarily closed the south entrance to the airport at the intersection of Griffin and Perimeter Roads on Wednesday, March 14, at 12:01 a.m. The closure is in preparation for the South Runway Expansion Project.
View a larger version of the Map for the Perimeter Road Closure.

The 1.7 mile section of Perimeter Road is closed from SW 43rd Street on the west side of the airport to the roundabout on the east side of the airport. This section of roadway is closed to all vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic. Access to the west side of the airport is available through Ravenswood Road and Lee Wagener Boulevard.

Access to the Cell Phone Waiting Area, located under the main entrance roadway to the airport, will be available from the north or through the main entrance roadway. The Cell Phone Waiting Area will no longer be accessible from the south side of the airport (Griffin Road) during this closure.

Access to Cell Phone Area Via Main Entrance

To access the Cell Phone Waiting Area, enter the airport on the main entrance roadway and follow the signs for Arrivals. Stay in the left lanes and follow the sign to All Parking. Stay left, following the sign for Parking. Then follow the signs to the Cell Phone Waiting Area. This road will bring you around the Cypress Garage/Rental Car Center to the Cell Phone Waiting Area.

Access to Cell Phone Area Via Perimeter Road North

Take State Road 84 to SW 4th Avenue. Turn south on SW 4th Avenue and drive through the four-way stop sign. The road will end at Perimeter Road. Turn left on Perimeter Road. Head east on Perimeter Road and then the road will turn south. Shortly after you drive under the roadway entrance, turn right. Make an immediate right and then another immediate right into the Cell Phone Waiting Area. Look for the Cell Phone Waiting Area signs.

The road is expected to re-open at the completion of the South Runway Expansion Project at the end of 2014. 
The closure will enable engineers and construction crews to prepare for the bridge structure as part of the runway expansion that will extend over Perimeter Road, the Florida East Coast Railway, and US Highway 1. This closure is necessary to ensure the safety of workers on-site for the activities associated with the project.

FLL Breaks Ground for South Runway Project January 23, 2012

Board of County Commissioners and invited guests

Board of County Commissioners and invited guests

Monday, January 23, 2012 was an historic day for Broward County. It marked the beginning of construction for the South Runway Project at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

Airport Director Kent George, Broward County Mayor John E. Rodstrom, Jr., and the entire Board of County Commissioners were joined by more than 300 guests to help celebrate the beginning of one of the Country’s most significant aviation construction projects.

US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Acting Federal Aviation Administrator Michael Huerta
US Transportation
Secretary Ray LaHood
Acting Federal Aviation
Administrator Michael
Huerta

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Acting Federal Aviation Administrator Michael Huerta flew in to FLL to help break ground for the $791 million runway expansion.

"This is one of the largest and most important airport construction projects in the country right now," said Secretary LaHood. "Modernizing our airport infrastructure will keep our economy moving forward, and put thousands of Americans back to work."

Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson
Congresswoman Debbie
Wasserman Schultz
Congresswoman
Frederica S. Wilson

The guest speakers included Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson, Richard M. Biter, Assistant Secretary, Florida Department of Transportation, Rob Maruster, Chief Operating Officer, JetBlue Airways and Terry W. Stiles, representing the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance.

Richard M. Biter, Assistant Secretary, Florida Department of Transportation Rob Maruster, Chief Operating Officer, JetBlue Airways Terry W. Stiles, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance
Richard M. Biter,
Assistant Secretary,
Florida Department of
Transportation
Terry W. Stiles, Greater
Fort Lauderdale Alliance
Rob Maruster, Chief
Operating Officer,
JetBlue Airways

When construction activity peaks next year, the project will contribute more than $1 million per day to the local economy, according to Broward County. The project is estimated to create about 11,000 temporary jobs during the construction.

"Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is one of the fastest-growing airports in the country," said Acting Administrator Huerta. "The expanded runway will provide additional airport capacity and will help reduce flight delays."

The project will extend, shift and lengthen Runway 9R/27L from 5,276 feet to 8,000 feet. It will give the airport two parallel runways that can accommodate larger commercial flights. Parallel runways can increase airport capacity dramatically. This expansion will increase the airport's capacity from 84 flights per hour to 107. Without the runway expansion, delays could reach more than 20 minutes per flight.

The FAA has issued a Letter of Intent to provide $250 million in Airport Improvement Program funding over 12 years for the project. More than 23 million passengers fly through Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport annually. In 2010, FLL ranked 22nd in total passenger traffic in the United States. More than 600 flights fly in and out of the airport daily to more than 60 U.S. cities and international destinations in Canada, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Mexico, Latin American, and Europe.

Mayor John E. Rodstrom, Jr., Board of County Commissioners
Mayor John E. Rodstrom, Jr., Board of County Commissioners

The official “groundbreaking” involved Mayor Rodstrom at the controls of an excavator to move the first pile of dirt. Then our Commissioners joined the Mayor and Airport Director for the photo opportunity of the morning.

Reporters from all four local network affiliate stations as well as reporters from the Sun Sentinel, Miami Herald, and WLRN radio were also on hand to cover this monumental event for Broward County and the airport.

The South Runway Project is expected to be substantially complete by the third quarter of 2014 when our first commercial flight will take to the air.

Program Phasing Plans

View a presentation of Program Phasing Plans (PDF) for the South Runway Expansion, Terminal 4 Gate Replacement, and Land Acquisition for the South Runway. This presentation shows the construction schedule for the major elements of the project. View an ADA version (PDF) of the presentation.

Why A Second, Parallel Commercial Runway?

  • Increased Capacity – FLL has been, and is projected to continue to be, one of the fastest growing airports in the country. This growth has created a capacity issue that if not addressed, would result in unacceptable delays into and out of the airport in the near future. FLL is an important component of the national airports system. FLL to the New York Metropolitan area is one of the busiest air corridors in the country. Because of this, future delays at FLL would have a “trickle down” impact on the rest of the national system.
  • Increased Safety – The construction of a parallel runway will minimize the potential of runway incursions and simplify the movement of aircraft on the ground. The project will also decommission the crosswind runway. This runway intersects with the parallel runways and is operationally inefficient. Additionally, the prevailing winds are from the east which favors the new runway configuration.
  • Increased Redundancy – The construction of an 8,000 foot long by 150 foot wide parallel runway will provide FLL with a fully redundant commercial service runway. The existing configuration makes maintenance of the primary runway difficult and disruptive to operations.

Background

The Broward County Aviation Department (BCAD) is progressing with the expansion of the south runway and related projects. The overall program consists of three major aspects: Land Acquisition, Expansion of the South Runway, and Terminal 4 Gate Replacement.
 
DMJM, Inc., is the Program Management Office consultant (PMO) which is responsible for managing the overall program. Under the PMO’s supervision, other consultants and contractors will perform the design and the actual construction.