In This Issue
Guests at South Runway Groundbreaking Ceremony
Excitement and anticipation were in the air on January 23 as more than 300 people gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of the South Runway Airport expansion project. The $791 million project is expected to create about 11,000 temporary jobs with a total economic impact of $1.4 billion. In 2013 at the peak of construction, the project will contribute over $1 million per day to the local economy in construction activity.
Federal, state and local officials, contractors, and local business leaders attended the ceremony. Speakers included:
· Kent G. George, Director of Aviation
· John E. Rodstrom, Jr., Mayor of Broward County
· Ray LaHood, Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation
· Michael Huerta, Acting Administrator, Federal Aviation Administration
· Richard Biter, Assistant Secretary, Florida Department of Transportation
· Debbie Wasserman Schultz, U.S. Congresswoman
· Frederica Wilson, U.S. Congresswoman
· Rob Maruster, Chief Operating Officer, JetBlue Airways
· Terry W. Stiles, Chairman & CEO, Stiles
The new south runway will increase the capacity of the airport by up to 50 percent, allowing the airport to accommodate up to 450,000 landings and takeoffs annually.
L-R Tim Lewis, Federal Security Director, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood,
and CBP Port Director Jorge Roig
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood attended the ground breaking ceremony. He said, “Modernizing our airport infrastructure will keep our economy moving forward and put thousands of Americans back to work.” Secretary LaHood continued, “This is a big deal because of the jobs. This area, but certainly Florida can use jobs and that's what this project is all about. It's not only about extending the runway, which obviously will be an economic boom to the airport, but the jobs that are provided."
Go to FLLAIR for more information about the south runway project.
In preparation for the South Runway Expansion Project, the Broward County Aviation Department will temporarily close the south entrance to the airport at the intersection of Griffin and Perimeter Roads on Thursday, March 14, at 12:01 a.m.
The 1.7 mile section of Perimeter Road will close from SW 43rd Street on the west side of the airport to the roundabout on the east side of the airport. This section of roadway will close to all vehicular, pedestrian, and bicycle traffic. Access to the west side of the airport is available through Ravenswood Road and Lee Wagener Boulevard.
Access to the Cell Phone Waiting Area, located under the main entrance roadway to the airport, will be available from the north. As you enter the airport on the main entrance roadway, follow the signs to the Cell Phone Waiting Area. The Cell Phone Waiting Area will no longer be accessible from the south side of the airport (Griffin Road) during this closure. The road is expected to re-open at the completion of the South Runway Expansion Project at the end of 2014.
Essential Works – Lee Wagener Art Gallery
Isaac Allen Sandy’s epic, award-winning landscape, nature and contemporary exhibition, Essential Works, opened at the Lee Wagener Art Gallery, in Terminal 2 Departures Level. The exhibition will run through April 5, 2012.
Essential Works will capture your heart and imagination at first glance. This collection conveys Sandy’s signature style, evoking the viewer’s sense of imagination and the feeling as though one might step right into scenes he creates. He incorporates the dramatic use of color, with balance, mood and light to intensify the viewer’s sense of vision, discovery and acceptance.
For more information, contact Christina Roldan, Public Art and Design Project Manager at 954-357-8542 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dania Beach Home - Sound Installation
In early January, the Noise Mitigation Program Office contacted the owners of 80 residential units to participate in the Voluntary Sound Insulation Program. These homeowners are closest to the airport. Over 100 interested homeowners attended a meeting at Dania Beach City Hall on January 25. Representatives from the Mitigation Program discussed the procedures, forms, and timeline. Several homeowners who participated in the Pilot Sound Insulation Program spoke about their positive experiences. View the presentation from the meeting.
The Noise Mitigation Outreach Center is located at 200 E. Dania Beach Blvd, Suite 103, Dania Beach, FL 33004. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. For information or an appointment, please call 954-924-2224.
Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-700
Starting on Sunday, February 12, Southwest Airlines will offer daily nonstop flights from FLL to Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Manchester, New Hampshire. Southwest is the 3rd largest carrier at FLL flying from Terminal 1. Today, Southwest offers 46 daily nonstop flights from FLL serving 23 cities throughout the U.S.
For more information, go to Southwest or call 1-800-I-FLY-SWA.
Cabot Building – BCAD’s New Home
Due to the construction of the south runway, the Aviation Department will move in March to two locations on the west side of I-95 off Ravenswood Road. The exact move dates are not finalized but we will keep you informed.
The following sections/divisions will move to the Cabot Building at 2200 S.W. 45 Street, Dania Beach, FL 33312: Executive Administration, Finance, Information Systems, Planning, County Attorney, and Business & Properties Management. The phone number remains the same at 954-359-6100.
The staff from the Airport Expansion Program, Capital Improvement Program, and the Project Management Office will move to the Airport Commerce Park at 4101 Ravenswood Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312.