Work Begins On Ft. Lauderdale Airport’s New Runway

DANIA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Work is about to get underway on a $790 million runway project at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration and Broward County officials broke ground Monday on the new runway. It is expected to be in operation by September 2014.

The Miami Herald ( ) reports the runway will be elevated six stories above ground. Planes will taxi over the Florida East Coast Railway tracks and all lanes of U.S. 1. It will be only the second runway in the country to span a federal highway. A runway at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport crosses Interstate 285.

The runway will be 150 feet wide.

Broward County officials say the new runway is necessary to accommodate additional air traffic and to reduce waiting time for passengers.


Information from: The Miami Herald,

Source: Associated Press