North Runway Reopens After Upgrades

Temporary Runway Closure

Starting Monday, May 11 through Friday, May 15, 2020, the North Runway will be temporarily closed from 7AM to 7PM each day for the painting of runway and taxiway markings. During this closure period, all arriving and departing flights will use the South Runway.

Updated: May 7, 2020 

Intermittent Runway Closure

The North Runway will be closed on Thursday, April 23, 2020, from 7AM to 6PM for repair work in the runway safety areas. During this temporary closure, all arriving and departing flights will use the South Runway.

Updated: April 21, 2020


Overnight Runway Closure

The North Runway will temporarily close overnight from March 18-21, to allow the construction team to prepare final markings and lighting upgrades as the rehabilitation project nears completion. During this closure period, all arriving and departing flights will use the South Runway.

The schedule for the runway closure is as follows:

Day 1 - Wednesday, March 18, 10PM to Thursday, March 19, 6AM
Day 2 - Thursday, March 19, 10PM to Friday, March 20, 6AM
Day 3 - Friday, March 20, 10PM to Saturday, March 21, 6AM

Updated: March 11, 2020

Ron Gardner Aircraft Viewing Area

The Ron Gardner Aircraft Viewing Area reopened to the public in late January 2020. The viewing area was closed on May 15, 2019, due to construction activity associated with the North Runway Rehabilitation Project. Phase 4 of the runway reconstruction, which involves upgrades to Taxiway B, is slated for completion in March 2020.  

Last Updated: February 7, 2020
Updated: December 26, 2019

Temporary Runway Closure For Emergency Repairs

The North Runway will close Wednesday, December 4, from 1AM until 4AM so workers can make emergency repairs to the runway's safety area. During this period, all arriving and departing flights will use the South Runway.


Updated: December 3, 2019

North Runway Closure Concluded -  Update

The remaining work on the North Runway was completed on November 26, 2019. The additional time allowed us to complete the final grooving and painting. The overnight work was initially expected to be completed by November 15. work.

Updated: November 27, 2019

North Runway Closure Period -   Update

The remaining work on the North Runway will now run from 10:30PM until 6AM daily through November 26, 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. 

Last Updated: November 25, 2019

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. 13 (PDF) - March 9, 2020
Volume 1, No. 12 (PDF) - January 22, 2020
Volume 1, No. 11 (PDF) - December 16, 2019
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



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: $95 million (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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