Rwy 17R Rehabilitaiton ProjectTuesday August 15 2023
DFW would like to inform you of the upcoming runway rehabilitation project that could affect air traffic in your vicinity. DFW will fully close Runway 17R/35L for extensive rehabilitation work beginning on August 15, 2023 and continuing until Early Summer 2024. Runway 17R/35L is the third runway to be rehabilitated as part of DFW Airport’s 10-year Infrastructure Rehabilitation program to address runways and taxiways that will need significant rehabilitation work. The 13,400 foot runway was built in 1974 and after 48 years is in critical need of rehabilitation. Runway 17R/35L is DFW’s primary east-side departure runway handling approximately 50% of DFW’s daily departures.
Runway 17R/35L Closure:
About the project:
To reduce impacts on the local communities and airfield operations, DFW is phasing the project in such a way as to keep the runway operational as long as possible, limiting the overall operational impacts during peak operating months.
- Phase 1 began in January 2023 which involved other airfield surfaces, while the runway remains open to air traffic.
- Phase 2 will be the most significant change for the surrounding communities and includes the full closure of Runway 17R/35L from August 15th, 2023 through Early Summer, 2024. This is to accommodate the complete rehabilitation of this 13,400 foot runway, which also includes the following: northeast and southeast holding pads replacement, replacement of runway electrical as well as reconstruction of shoulders, blast pads, and drainage. Finally, the runway will be resurfaced with a hot mix asphalt overlay
- Phase 3 from Summer to Fall of 2024 will be involve a partial closure of the runway on the southern end. The runway will re-opened and available for air traffic, though it may not operate at full capacity.
- Phase 4 will commence in Fall of 2024 to complete the project, while the runway remains open to air traffic.
- A Fact Sheet about the Runway 17R/35L Project is attached, detailing the project, including the schedule and what to expect during the project. We also outlined the anticipated effects on runway use below.
What to Expect:
Surrounding communities may experience an increase in noise within their neighborhoods from the change in operations during the closure. In general, because aircraft take off and land into the wind, 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.
In general during the closure, when the east-side departure runway is closed, many departures will shift to Runway 17C/35C, the primary arrival runway on the east side, and some departures will shift to the west side runways. The arrivals that typically use Runway 17C/35C will be shifted to the outboard runways, including Runway 17L/35R and Runway 13R/31L. Further details are provided below.
During the Full Closure of the project, the following runway utilization is anticipated:
Full Closure (August 15 – Early Summer 2024)
We have included a project fact sheet, which includes a graphic representation of the runways and project information, as well as graphics that provide a visual as to how air traffic will be redistributed during the full closure.
DFW also has a flight tracking website that can be used to see near-live flight tracks, see the latest DFW news on the runway project, daily statistics as well as a feature that allows the public to input their address to view current and historical flights in their vicinity. The website can be found from DFW Airport’s Noise Web page by clicking on “View DFW Airport Noise Info”: Aircraft Noise Webpage.
Citizens with inquiries or comments should contact DFW Airport by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on the Noise Complaint Hotline, at 972-973-3192 (manned 24/7). Follow-up response calls or emails will be provided, when requested. Media inquiries received may be forwarded to our media team at email@example.com.