Runway Fast Facts

Here are some Fast Facts about the new South Runway.

Material/Activity Amount

Runway Cost

 

$826 million

 

Construction Jobs

10,822*

Economic Impact

 

$1.42 billion in total economic. $1 million a day pumped into local economy during 2013, the peak of construction, for actual construction activities*

 

Opening Date

 

September 18, 2014

 

Fill

 

7,000,000 cubic yards. This is enough material to fill the Louisiana Superdome more than 1.5 times or fill Marlins Park more than 2 ½ times

Concrete for the runway pavement

 

535,000 square yards equals almost 38 miles of two lane (24’ wide) highway.

Concrete for the structures

 

68,000 cubic yards

 

Asphalt

 

90,000 tons

 

Lights

 

1,200

 

Concrete Piles for the Runway/Taxiway Structures

 

2,648

Concrete Beams for the Runway/Taxiway Strurctures

 

839

 

Retaining Wall

 

350,000 square feet of Mechanically Stabilized Earth Wall

 

Cable

 

90 miles

 

Paint

 

520,000 square feet

 

Turfing

 

77 acres

 

Roadway Improvements

 

2 miles

 

Drainage Pipe

 

5 miles

 

Relocated Trees

 

Over 1300

 

Federal Inspections Months in advance of the opening date, the FAA will conduct a Part 139 Inspection of the new facilities. They will then conduct actual new runway commissioning activities including the performance of flight checks.

*Based on an economic impact model of the south runway project using 2010 IMPLAN data for the tri-county area.