Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport received a letter of intent from the Federal Aviation Administration committing up to $180 million in Airport Improvement Program grant funding for two end-around taxiway systems.
End-around taxiways enable arriving aircraft to taxi around DFW’s seven active runways rather than wait to cross them. The taxiways enhance safety because they virtually eliminate runway crossings, reducing the risk of possible incursions. End-around taxiways ultimately produce gains in runway efficiency and reduce overall taxi times for arriving aircraft.
The next phase of the end-around taxiways is already under construction on DFW’s northeast quadrant, with completion anticipated by 2021. DFW Airport’s southwest quadrant taxiway is expected to be built by 2023. The federal funding could cover up to half of the overall cost of the next two phases.
“In a global economy, infrastructure investment helps keep the Dallas-Fort Worth region competitive,” said Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price. “One great way to do that is to make sure we get the most out of DFW Airport because it is vital to the transportation system of the United States and the world.”
DFW opened its first end-around taxiway system on the southeast side of the airport in 2008.
The taxiway projects are a key part of DFW’s 10-year infrastructure improvement plan, which includes enhancing or rebuilding runways, roadways, bridges and other major infrastructure needs on the airport grounds.