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Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport Runway Expansion Project

Rendering of expanded south runway, looking east toward the ocean

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

Major Runway Expansion Under way

Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (FLL) in Broward County, Florida, is a major hub facility serving more than 23 million annual passengers and the general aviation community throughout South Florida. FLL encompasses 1,380 acres and has three runways. 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 is critical to both the airport’s long-range program and the overall U.S. air traffic system. The estimated $791 million 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 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.

Runway 9R-27L is expected to be substantially completed by the fall of 2014, and the runway’s designation will change from 9R-27L to 10-28.

Rendering of northeastern view of the expanded south runway with the bridge structures

Rendering of northeastern view of the expanded south runway with the bridge structures

Performance Leads to Additional Work

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. 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.

Because of our comprehensive aviation resume—particularly in terminal renovation—and our performance on the runway expansion program, Parsons recently won another assignment at FLL. Under the Terminal Modernization Program, we will serve as the construction project manager while Terminals 1, 2, and 3 are refurbished.

Parsons has considerable experience working on airports and has successfully completed construction project management assignments involving runways, terminals, and other major airfield development at airports throughout the world. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Broward County, working together to make FLL even more appealing to the traveling public.