2018 Runway Rehabilitation Update at DFW International Airport

Posted by Jill Lind on Aug 02, 2018

The DFW International Airport has provided an update on the status of the ongoing runway rehabilitation work of Runway 17C/35C that could affect air traffic in the Trophy Club vicinity.  As a recap, the project is part of the DFW Airport’s 10-year Infrastructure Rehabilitation program to address runway and taxiways that will need significant rehabilitation work. DFW Airport began major rehabilitation work on its primary east-side arrival runway, Runway 17C/35C.  The Partial Closure Phase, which began on May 24th, will be completed the evening of August 2, and the runway work will transition to the Full Closure phase.

The following is the updated schedule for the remaining phases of the runway project.  They have color-coded each phase and provided details of what to expect during each remaining phase.

PROJECT PHASE

START

END

Full Closure of Runway

August 2

November 16

Runway Open/Finalization
(Nighttime Closure)

November 16

December 8

RUNWAY 17C/35C CLOSURE PROJECT:

DFW is undergoing rehabilitation work on Runway 17C/35C from March 26th through Sunday, December 8th including a full runway closure beginning August 2nd to November 16th. This is to accommodate the rehabilitation of this runway, which entails the following:

  • Replacement of the center third of the runway, about 6,000 feet;
  • Asphalt resurfacing of the entire runway length;
  • Rehabilitation of the parallel taxiway, Taxiway M (This work will be done after the runway reopens).

Additionally, in order to avoid future runway closure and related impacts, DFW also plans to concurrently:

  • Install Runway Status Light System;
  • Build a portion of Northeast End-Around Taxiway that is within the runway environment.

What to Expect: 

During the Partial Closure, aircraft arrivals were shifted to other runways.  It is expected that the same pattern of redistributed operations will continue during the full closure phase.  Aircraft take off and land into the wind; thus, when winds are southerly aircraft take off to the south and land from north to south.  When winds are northerly, aircraft take off to the north (or northwest in the case of the use of Runway 31L) and land from south to north.  Keep in mind that surface winds don’t always dictate flow as winds above the surface and/or operational needs can affect the direction for which aircraft take off and land.  During each phase of the project, the following runway utilization is anticipated:

Full Closure (August 2 – November 16)

  • Runway 17C/35C will be closed to all traffic
  • Operations will shift to other runways increasing operations on those runways, especially RWY 17L/35R, primarily affecting Coppell and Irving and Runway 13R, primarily affecting Southlake, Trophy Club and Westlake.
  • The potential for increased use of all arrival runways during 10 PM – 7 AM
  • North Flow:  When the winds are out of the north:
    • Arrivals will shift from Runway 35C (arrival runway) to other runways resulting in increased operations on those runways:
      • Runway 35R and 31R (arrival runways) on the east side;
      • Runway 36L on the west side.
    • East side departures will remain on Runway 17R.
       
  • South Flow:  When the winds are out of the south:
    • Arrivals will shift from Runway 17C (arrival runway) to other runways resulting in increased operations on those runways:
      • Runway 17L (arrival runway) on the east side;
      • Runways 13R and 18R on the west side.
  • The shifts in aircraft operations to other runways during the closure may primarily affect the cities of Irving, Coppell, and Lewisville. Southlake, Grapevine, Trophy Club, Westlake, and Flower Mound could also experience some additional aircraft traffic.
  • Keep in mind that surface winds don’t always dictate flow as winds above the surface and/or operational needs can affect the direction for which aircraft take off and land.

Potential Nighttime Closures (November 16 – December 8)

  • Runway 17C/35C may be closed to all traffic at night
  • The use of all arrival runways during 10 PM through 7 AM may potentially increase
  • Some night closures of Runway 17R/35L (Departure Runway) may be needed to pull electrical under runway.  One weekend closure already occurred April 14/15th (previously messaged). 
  • North Flow:  When the runway is closed at night and the winds are out of the north:
    • Arrivals will shift from Runway 35C (arrival runway) to other runways resulting in increased operations on those runways:
      • Runway 35R and 31R (arrival runways) on the east side;
      • Runway 36L on the west side.
    • East side departures will remain on Runway 35L.
  • South Flow:  When the runway is closed at night and the winds are out of the south:
    • Arrivals will shift from Runway 17C (arrival runway) to other runways resulting in increased operations on those runways:
      • Runway 17L (arrival runway) on the east side;
      • Runways 13R and 18R on the west side.
  • East side departures will remain on Runway 17R.
  • Keep in mind that surface winds don’t always dictate flow as winds above the surface and/or operational needs can affect the direction for which aircraft take off and land.

A Fact Sheet about the Runway 17C/35C Project is attached, detailing the project, including its schedule and what to expect during the project. 

  

Your our continued patience and partnership during this necessary work is appreciated.  If you have any questions about the closure and/or shift in air traffic during the runway closure, please contact by email or phone Sandy Lancaster at T (972) 973 5573. Noise complaints can be sent via email at dfwnoise@dfwairport.com, or on the Noise Complaint Hotline, at 972-973-3192 (manned 24/7).  Follow-up response calls or emails will be provided when requested.