DFW Airport to Rebuild its Busiest Runway

Runway 17-Center/35-Center handles more arrivals than any other runway at DFW

Construction isn't limited to North Texas highways. Dallas/Fort Worth international Airport is set to rebuild one of its busiest runways.

The 34-year-old runway, or Runway 17-Center/35-Center for aviation geeks, is the airport's busiest, according to a news release.

"This runway work is a critical need for DFW Airport, and the first major step in our ten-year plan to modernize infrastructure across the Airport," said Khaled Naja, executive vice president of Infrastructure and Development.

A portion of the runway will close May 24, with a full closure expected to start in August. Despite the construction, officials say passengers shouldn't see major delays.

In addition to new surfacing, the runway will have a new pavement sensor system officials say will help measure weather impacts, as well as in-pavement lighting. Crews will also build connections for a planned perimeter taxiway on the northeast side of the airport.

The projected cost will total about $135 million, with about $49.5 million paid for by a grant from the FAA.

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