Fast Facts


Here are some Fast Facts about the new South Runway.

Material/Activity Amount
Runway Cost $791 million (estimated)
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 Structures 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
Over 1300
Federal Inspections Months in advance of theo pening 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.​​​​​​​​