Construction underway on Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

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The Broward County (Fla.) has received a $20 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation for runway expansion at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, reports South Florida Business Journal.  The grant will contribute to the overall estimated $791 million project.

Construction has already started on the new runway, which will sling shot over U.S.1.The expanded south runway is expected to reduce delays and increase capacity at FLL by about 50 per cent.

Upon completion in September 2014, the runway will stretch 8,000 feet parallel to Griffin Road and extend eastward over U.S. 1 and the Florida East Coast Railway. Motorists, trains and pedestrians will pass under the new runway through a series of tunnels.

The project is expected to create 11,000 temporary jobs and generate up to a $1.4 billion in economic activity in the region, the airport said.

In September 2011, Broward County named Parsons as construction project manager for the expansion of Runway 9R-27L. This expansion is critical to both the airport’s long-range program and the overall U.S. air traffic system, the Parsons website says. The project includes:

  • Expanding and elevating Runway 9R-27L to an overall length of 8,000 ft and width of 150 ft, with an engineered materials arresting system (EMAS) at both runway ends
  • Constructing a new full-length parallel taxiway 75 ft wide just north of Runway 9R-27L
  • Constructing connecting cross-field taxiways from the new full-length parallel taxiway to the existing taxiways and north runway
  • Constructing an instrument landing system for Runway 9R-27L
  • Constructing a new aircraft staging and hold pad
  • Decommissioning and permanently closing Runway 13-31, the crosswind runway

“This infrastructure program includes multiple bridges to support the extended runway and parallel taxiway as they pass over the Florida East Coast Railroad, U.S. 1, the airport perimeter road, and associated airport access ramps,” the website says.The bridges will feature tunnel characteristics such as fire alarm, fire suppression, and smoke evacuation. Parsons also oversees multiple construction phases, extensive traffic maintenance, deep foundations, and cast-in-place and precast concrete structures.

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