DFW Airport gets USD 52m in federal grant funds for runway rehabilitation project

Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport will rebuild and install new technology on one of its busiest runways thanks in large part to federal grant funds, the company said.

DFW Airport has received two grants for airfield improvement from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) totaling over USD 52 million. The bulk of the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants, about USD 49.5 million, will be used for the refurbishment of Runway 17-Center/35-Center and associated taxiway improvements. USD 2.6 million will help fund a lighting upgrade for the Terminal ramp areas.

The rehabilitation project for Runway 17C/35C features the installation of an updated pavement sensor system for measuring weather impacts.

The rehabilitation project is scheduled to take place in mid-2018. The runway will be closed for about four months, but DFW´s six additional runways will allow a full schedule of flight operations. Customers should not see significant air traffic delays due to the closure.

The rehabilitation consists of replacement of the center third of the runway, about 6000 feet long, 50 feet wide, reaching a depth of more than three feet. The runway is comprised of 12-inches of lime-treated sub-base, 8-inches of cement-treated base and 18-inches of Portland Cement concrete. Afterward, the entire runway will be resurfaced with a composite section of Portland Cement concrete and polymer-modified high performance asphalt, designed for strength, flexibility and weather resistance.

Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport earned the distinction of the best large airport in North America for customer service in 2016 from Airports Council International. For more information, visit the DFW web site.