Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Airport is planning the closure of Runway 18R/36L for rehabilitation from June 1, 2020, through early March 2021. Built-in 1984, this north-south runway is the main arrival runway on the west side of the airfield handling 40% of daily arrivals, and is in need of significant repairs. This project is part of DFW Airport's 10-year Infrastructure Rehabilitation program to address runways and taxiways that will need significant rehabilitation work. It is the second project of its kind at the airport in the past two years and will be similar to the rehabilitation of Runway 17C/35C, which took place from May 2018 through March 2019.
With operations at historic lows due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DFW Airport decided to accelerate this project to take advantage of the current situation and lessen the impact on surrounding communities.
The project will include:
- Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting road realignment
- Asphalt overlay
- Improvements to drainage
- Navigational aid adjustments
- New lighting system
- Pavement reconstruction
- Reconstruction of shoulders and blast pad
Runway 18R/36L will be completely closed during the rehabilitation project and air traffic will be diverted to the other six runways. The runway closure brings the possibility of increased air traffic and noise over Coppell during the period of construction, but noise modeling indicates there will not be a significant noise impact. There is a potential for increased use of arrival runways between 10 pm and 7 am during this project, although the impact will be less because of a significant reduction in operational levels. Coppell will be most impacted by air traffic and noise when winds are out of the south (70% of the year) causing arrivals to be shifted from Runway 18R and redistributed to others including Runway 17L on the east side of the airfield. Visit DFW Airport's Aircraft Noise page for the latest updates.