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Hilton Garage Demolition Begins 
US 1 Moved Under Structures
Demolition Work Begins


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Work Progressing on Structures and Runway
February 21, 2014

Workers are welding metal strips to the concrete beams on the top of the FEC structure. Next, they will weld metal plates to the strips creating a surface to pour the concrete deck.  Worker preparing the runway deck for concrete pouring
One method of ground preparation is stone columns. The first step is to drill holes into the ground. Next, the holes will be filled with small rocks. These stone columns will support the runway. In the background is the Terminal 4 construction.  Stone columns to support the midfield portion of the runway.
This worker is cutting the top layer of concrete to create a smooth edge to join with the next concrete section. A 6 inch concrete base layer supports a top layer that is 16.5 inches thick.    Worker cutting concrete on the runway top layer preparing for the next pour
Final grading of the runway shoulder taking place. Workers will pour asphalt next to the outer edge of the concrete runway. This is the far western section of the runway.   Final grading of the runway shoulder

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Hilton Garage Demolition Begins
January 14, 2014

The first phase of the demolition of the Hilton Hotel began on Monday, January 6, with the demolition of the two story parking garage. The demo of the garage and removal of the debris will take about one month. It will take an additional four months to restore the property.
 Beginning of the garage demolition
Crews have removed most of the debris from the garage. 

The second and final phase is the demolition of the actual hotel that will start in early April. The hotel is still operational.

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 Aerial view of the garage demo nearing complettion
Back in December 2013, crews demolished the building that previously housed the Dania Boat Sales (see the story below). This property is just west of the hotel. Hotel guests now use this area for parking.  Aerial view of the demo with the airport in the background

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US 1 Moved Under Runway And Taxiway Structures
January 10, 2014

Traffic on US 1 near FLL shifted west into the runway and taxiway structures. The shift is part of the reconfiguration of traffic flow for US 1 in conjunction with the South Runway Project. The traffic shift occured just north of Griffin Road.

US 1 lane shift into the structures  Construction crews have been completing the structures in anticipation of the traffic shift. The work has included testing the life safety support equipment including emergency lighting, fire suppression (water and foam) and ventilation. There will be two northbound and two southbound lanes.

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Runway/Taxiway Structure Interesting Facts:

  • A runway structure is 810 feet long. There are six runway structures.
  • Each taxiway structure is 440 feet long. There are six taxiway structures.
  • The average height clearance is 24 feet in each structure.
  • Each runway structure has four individual evacuation and ventilation systems.
  • There are 134 fluorescent and 290-1,000 watt metal halide lights in each runway structure.  
  • There are 94 fluorescent and 269-1,000 watt metal halide lights in each taxiway structure. 

Substantial completion of the South Runway Project is set for September 2014.

View looking north into the runway structure with US 1 
View of US 1 looking north into the runway structure.
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View looking north from US 1 in the runway structure 
View of US 1 looking north from inside the runway structure. Northbound traffic is in the right lane. 

 View of US 1 looking south into the taxiway structure
View of US 1 looking south into the taxiway structure. Northbound traffic is in the left lane. 

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Demolition Work Begins
December 10, 2013

A demolition company began removing the building that previously housed Dania Boat Sales. This building, the Hilton Hotel, and parking garage are in the runway protection zone of the South Runway under construction. They must be demolished to open the runway in late 2014. The protection zone must be free of any obstacles for planes to take off and land on the new runway.


 Piling the debris from the Dania Boats Sales building  Demo of the Dania Boat Sales buidling

Timeline
Crews will demolish the hotel’s garage in January, 2014 followed by the eight-story hotel in April, 2014. The demo of the garage and removal of the debris will take about one month. It will take an additional four months to restore the property.

The properties are located just east of I-95 and north of Griffin Road. 

Broward County Aviation Department acquired the properties as part of the runway construction. They contracted with a company to demolish the buildings. 

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Past Stories

Sky Waves Pedestrian Bridges
South Runway Update
Concrete Plant Assembled On-Site
Radar Tower Demolished
Milestones Reached in Construction
Partial Closure of the Greenbelt
South Runway Expansion Update
Ramp Opens from Airport to Port Everglades
New Navigational Aid

U.S. 1 Lane Shift


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