Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood International Airport Runway Expansion Project – Broward County, FL

Project Details
  • Broward County Aviation Department
Project Value

$826 million

Project Duration


Services Provided

Construction project management

Meeting Increasing Demands

Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (FLL) in Broward County, FL, is a major hub facility serving more than 29 million annual passengers and the general aviation community throughout South Florida. In 2003, the county began planning a facility expansion to meet increasing demands and to provide a better customer experience to the millions of travelers who use the airport. This plan, which became the Airport Expansion Program, covers a wide range of activities, including the extension of the southern runway, Runway 9R-27L, to accommodate larger commercial jet aircraft. In 2007, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners voted to extend this runway, and the Federal Aviation Administration authorized the runway expansion the following year.

In September 2011, Broward County named Parsons the construction project manager for the expansion of Runway 9R-27L. This expansion was critical to both the airport’s long-range program and the overall U.S. air traffic system. The $826 million project included:

  • 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 also included multiple bridges to support the extended runway and parallel taxiway. Runway 9R-27L was completed in the fall of 2014, and the runway’s designation changed from 9R-27L to 10R-28L. Parsons was chosen as the construction project manager for the expansion of Runway 9R-27L because of our significant runway experience, best-in-class staff, innovative project approach, and strong local teaming partners. Parsons also oversaw multiple construction phases, extensive traffic maintenance, deep foundations, and cast-in-place and precast concrete structures. Committed to meeting the community business enterprise goal for the management portion of this project, Parsons partnered with local firms to create an experienced, multidisciplinary team.

Featured Aug 2015/Updated Jul 2017

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