Both runways now open at Fort Lauderdale airport following major makeover
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The completion of a huge refurbishment project at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is a major relief for travelers flying in and out of the airport.
For the first time in four months, both runways will be open Tuesday.
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The north runway boasts safety lighting, drainage, electrical and structural improvements on top of a new 9,000-foot concrete strip to what used to be the oldest runway at the airport.
"Attention to detail and a laser-focused effort by everyone involved was key to our success," CEO and Director of Aviation Mark Gale said.
The critical rehab work included replacing the runway's 75-foot center portion with concrete to extend its life from 15 to 30 years and repacking its sides with asphalt.
"It's incredible to see a plan like this come together -- a project with so many moving parts and elements that all had to work in harmony," Gale said.
The project also included some aesthetic add-ons, like a jet blast deflector uniquely featuring work by a local artist.