DFW to use new technology and minimize construction time

Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport will begin a major infrastructure project to rebuild one of its busiest runways, the company said.

The project for the refurbishment of Runway 17-Center/35-Center will begin on May 24 with a partial closure, which will still allow the southern portion of the runway to be used during daylight hours. Full closure of the runway will begin in August, with completion of the project slated for December.

DFW has worked with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its airline partners to reduce the time required to replace the center third of the runway, utilizing new construction techniques and taking advantage of seasonal air traffic patterns. DFW has six other runways that will allow airlines to continue operating a full schedule of flights. Traveling customers should not experience significant delays due to the closure.

Before the end of 2018, DFW will have replaced a section of the runway about 6000 feet long and 50 feet wide, reaching a depth of more than three feet of sub-base, cement-treated base and concrete. The runway will be resurfaced with a polymer-modified high performance black asphalt, designed for strength, flexibility and weather resistance.

The cost of the project will total about USD 135 million. DFW received an Airport Improvement Program grant from the FAA totaling about USD 49.5 million for the runway work.

DFW Airport welcomes more than 66 million customers along their journey every year, elevating DFW to a status as one of the most frequently visited superhub airports in the world.