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North Runway Reopens After Upgrades

North Runway Closure Period - Update

The remaining work on the North Runway will now run from 10:30PM until 6AM daily through November 25, 2019, weather permitting. The additional time will allow us to complete final grooving and painting work. This overnight work was initially expected to be completed by November 15. 

Updated: November 12, 2019



North Runway Closure Time Adjustment

Starting on Thursday, October 31, the remaining work on the North Runway will begin at 10:30PM instead of midnight and will last until 6AM. The additional time will allow us to complete grooving and painting work. We anticipate the work to be completed by November 15, 2019.

Updated: October 31, 2019


 North Runway Reopens  

The North Runway was officially reopened early Tuesday, October 1, 2019, following a relaunch ceremony with dozens of invited guests including Broward County officials and members of the construction team. Spirit Airlines' Flight 404 to Atlanta was the first aircraft to depart from the rebuilt runway at 9:20AM. Over the next 30-45 days, the North Runway will close each evening at midnight until 6AM to complete ancillary taxiway work. During this overnight work, all flights will operate on the South Runway. 

Updated: October 1, 2019



Flight Activity Resumes on North Runway October 1 

After a four-month closure to undergo major rehabilitation, the North Runway at Broward County's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is scheduled to reopen to commercial flights on October 1, 2019. The Broward County Aviation Department will host an official relaunch ceremony on Tuesday, October 1 at 9AM on the newly-reconstructed runway before the first flight departs


Updated: September 30, 2019



Phase Three - North Runway Closed for Major Rehabilitation

The 9,000-foot long North Runway at FLL closed June 3, 2019, for major rehabilitation work scheduled which lasted four months. All flights used the South Runway during this rehabilitation project.

The project was shut down for several days in late August/early September due to Hurricane Dorian.  Following the Dorian-related weather challenges, the contractor ramped up construction with a third asphalt crew and a second asphalt plant with the goal of keeping the project on track to complete the runway rehabilitation.

As of Day 113 of the targeted 120-day closure period, here are some of the accomplishments:

  • All concrete paving was completed on September 16. Smoothness testing is currently ongoing.
  • Asphalt paving is slated for completion on September 26. 
  • Construction of east Engineered Material Arresting System (EMAS) bed is underway for completion by September 26. 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 awaiting certification. Placement of pavement markings to follow. 
  • Drainage installation is completed.
  • Sod placement 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 90 percent complete.
Read the project's bi-weekly newsletters below to learn more about the work completed to date. Check out drone footage of the runway's rehab on the airport's YouTube channel. 

Updated: October 2, 2019

Newsletter for the Rehabilitation of North Airfield at FLL Project:

Volume 1, No. 10 (PDF) - November 13, 2019
Volume 1, No. 9 (PDF) - October 7, 2019
Volume 1, No. 8 (PDF) - September 23, 2019
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

NORTH RUNWAY REHABILITATION PROJECT  

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


SCHEDULE 

• 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) 

SUMMARY 

• Total project budget: $95 million (includes $64.4 million in construction costs)
• Locally planned, designed and constructed 
• 15 subcontractors/150-200 workers during runway closure 

CONTACT INFORMATION 

• 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 runwayupdates@broward.org

Updated: August 21, 2019
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