DFW Airport Awarded $24 Million From Transportation Dept. For Runway Construction

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February 19, 2020 - 12:28 pm
DFW Airport Runway Construction

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The U.S. Secretary of Transportation has announced a $24 million grant for DFW Airport's plan to build taxiways. The installment is part of $180 million that was pledged for the project over seven years. DFW expects the taxiways to cost a total of $278 million.

The taxiways will be built around existing runways. DFW says that will cut down on the number of flights that must cross an active runway to reach their gates.

"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," DFW Chief Executive Sean Donohue said when the project was announced in 2018.

DFW plans to complete construction of a taxiway around the northeast corner of the airport in 2021 and construction in the southwest corner by 2023.

DFW is also rebuilding runways. The airport spent $130 million to modernize a runway on the eastern side of the airfield last year. In January, the board approved another $130 million to rebuild a runway on the western side. Construction there is expected to begin in August and continue through May of 2021.

The Department of Transportation announced $520.5 million in grants for airports across the country Wednesday, including a total of $70.3 million in Texas.

In addition to the work at DFW, the agency says airports across the state will receive $45.3 million for safety and infrastructure. Sheppard AFB/Wichita Falls Municipal Airport​ will receive $1 million for a new terminal.