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Dallas airport secures over $200m in project grants

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is to get federal grants of US$180m and US$31m for taxiway and runway projects.

The airport’s existing end-around taxiway opened in 2008 Above: The airport’s existing end-around taxiway opened in 2008

It has received a commitment for US$180m from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to build two more end-around taxiways. US secretary of transportation Elaine Chao delivered the letter of intent to the airport in person. "This investment in two new taxiways at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport will help ensure more efficient movement of travelers and commercial goods through the fourth busiest airport in our nation," she said.

Separately, Chao also delivered a US$31m Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant for the rehabilitation of Runway 17-C at the airport.

End-around taxiways enable arriving aircraft to taxi around DFW's seven active runways rather than wait to cross them. The taxiways enhance safety because they virtually eliminate runway crossings, reducing the risk of possible incursions. End-around taxiways ultimately produce gains in runway efficiency and reduce overall taxi times for arriving aircraft.

DFW CEO Sean Donohue said: "Today's commitment of $180 million is further validation for the team from DFW, the FAA and NASA who designed the concept of end-around taxiways more than a decade ago. When we work together, we improve the safety and efficiency of the airfield and create more capacity on our runways, preparing us to better meet the growing demand for air travel in the United States."

The next phase of the end-around taxiways is already under construction on DFW's northeast quadrant, with completion anticipated by 2021. DFW Airport's southwest quadrant taxiway is expected to be built by 2023. The federal funding included in the Letter of Intent could cover up to half of the overall cost of the next two phases.

Construction on Runway 17-C is scheduled to be completed in 2019. The AIP grant is part of a package of over US$770.8m in grants awarded this month for projects in 50 states and five US Territories. This third batch of funding provides 569 grants to 522 airports that will fund 949 infrastructure projects; including runways, taxiways, aprons, terminals, aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicles, and snow removal equipment. “These critical investments will support upgrading and modernizing airports across the country, which will enhance safety, improve the travel experience and strengthen local economies,” said Chao.  

The projects are part of DFW's overall ten-year infrastructure improvement plan, which includes enhancing or rebuilding runways, roadways, bridges and other infrastructure needs on the airport grounds.


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This article was published on 30 Jul 2018 (last updated on 30 Jul 2018).

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