Addressing historic increases

One of the country’s fastest-growing airports, Dallas Love Field, serves more than 7 million passengers annually, but its primary taxiway system had not undergone a major reconstruction in decades, leading to a low Pavement Condition Index rating of 45. To correct failing pavement and increase efficiency of the airfield, Garver is providing design and construction oversight for a four-phased improvement program that will create a dual parallel taxiway system.

Reconstruction of Taxiway Bravo, made difficult by its proximity to a new terminal building, marked the first phase. Construction of new Taxiway M is ongoing, and required the relocation of a glide slope antenna, runway visual range equipment, a National Weather Service automated surface observation station, and a FAA surface weather station. The improvements will remake Taxiway M into a full-length parallel taxiway for Runway 13L-31R, and replace failing pavement sections on Taxiway B without impeding growth.

“It’s crucial that these improvements are made without any interruption to passengers,” said Project Manager Mitchell McAnally. “And we’re proud to say the 425-day Phase 1 schedule was completed without a single gate closure.”

Construction has begun on Phase 2, while design is ongoing for Phases 3 and 4. The result will not only include improved pavement, but also a reconfigured parallel taxiway system that will boost Dallas Love Field’s continued growth.

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