Scope and Limits
This project will completely re-construct Runway (RWY) 13R/31L (in the existing footprint), re-construct the southeastern portion of Taxiway C which parallels the runway and construct new connector taxiways to the runway and a new partial parallel taxiway on the west side of RWY 13R/31L. Additionally, the project will include upgrades to the on-airport storm drainage system, the runway safety areas, and the associated runway and taxiway lighting systems. All pavement and storm drainage will comply with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) current design criteria.
RWY 13R/31L is anticipated to be closed for approximately nine (9) months, beginning in January 2021. An environmental assessment has been completed on this project. A copy of the assessment can be found on the Dallas Love Field website (https://www.dallas-lovefield.com/business-info/airportdevelopment/documents-and-resources).
Changes and Development
At 8,800' long, Runway 13R-31L is the longer of the parallel runways and serves as the main commercial air carrier runway at DAL. The runway was originally constructed in the 1960's, with an overlay being completed in 1990. Taxiway C was originally constructed at the same time as the runway and in 1990 a portion of the taxiway was reconstructed with the runway overlay project.
In 1990 the runway was improved by applying a Portland Cement Concrete (PCC) overlay. FAA pavement design criteria specifies a 20-year design life. After 28 years of use, the existing overlay has performed beyond its effective design life. Additionally, changes in airport fleet mix and pavement design methodology since 1990 suggest that the existing overlay is too thin for current aircraft traffic. A pavement evaluation completed in May 2014 reported that Runway 13R-31L had deteriorated from the condition reported in the previous pavement evaluation conducted in 2008.
This project will completely reconstruct the runway to the current FAA design specifications. The runway length and width will remain as it is today (8800' long x 150' wide). The runway and adjoining taxiways will have high efficiency LED lighting systems installed, also meeting FAA Design specifications.
In accordance with FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5320-6F, Airport Pavement Design and Evaluation, pavements on federally funded FAA projects are designed for a 20-year structural life. The existing Runway 13R-31L overlay has performed beyond its effective 20-year design life as specified by FAA pavement design criteria and exhibits unacceptable Pavement Condition Index (PCI) values. Multiple taxiway pavements have also deteriorated to unacceptable PCI levels. Runway 13R-31L and various taxiway segments have deteriorated due to age and current aircraft traffic volume, which present operational safety concerns. The existing and predicted future PCI of Runway 13R-31L and various taxiway pavements supports the need for reconstruction, and demolition/realignment activities.
Airfield improvements are needed at DAL because certain aspects of the airfield do not meet FAA standards.
The purpose of the Proposed Action is to meet FAA runway and taxiway design criteria while enhancing airfield safety and improving airfield efficiencies associated with Runway 13R-31L. The Proposed Action is needed to address Runway 13R-31L and accompanying taxiway deficiencies to meet FAA design criteria and to reduce airfield inefficiencies.
The project will completely reconstruct RWY 13R/31L and replace the connecting taxiways to conform to current FAA design requirements.
A stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP) will be in effect to mitigate any impact from stormwater runoff during construction. Please click the following link for more environmental details (https://www.dallas-lovefieId .com/business-info/airport-development/ documents-and-resources) click on the tap Final Environmental Assessment for Reconstruction of Runway 13R-31L and Associated Improvements.
There are no anticipated impacts to public traffic.