DFW International Airport has fully closed Runway 17R/35L for extensive rehabilitation work. This closure is expected to continue through 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 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.
This closure represents the third project of its kind at the airport in the past six years and will be similar to the rehabilitation of Runway 18R/36L, which took place from June 2020 through April 2021 and Runway 17C/35C, which took place from May 2018 through March 2019.
The project will include, but is not limited to:
Pavement reconstruction with an asphalt overlay
Shoulder and blast pad pavement reconstruction
Northeast and southeast holding pads rehabilitation
New electrical infrastructure
Lighting and signage rehabilitation
Deicing Infrastructure rehabilitation
To reduce impacts on airfield operations and the community, DFW phased 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. The most significant change for the Coppell community will be in late summer 2023 through early summer 2024 during the full runway closure.
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.
Surrounding communities may experience an increase in noise within their neighborhoods from the effects of the change in operations during the runway closure. DFW modeled the temporary change in noise exposure with and without the planned closure, as required by FAA.
The modeled noise indicates there are generally no temporary noise impacts.