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Alliance Airport runway extension work underway (finally)

Runways are being extended at Alliance Airport in north Fort Worth to accommodate larger cargo planes.
Runways are being extended at Alliance Airport in north Fort Worth to accommodate larger cargo planes. NE

Work has finally begun on a long-awaited project to extend two runways and a taxiway at Fort Worth’s Alliance Airport.

Hillwood Properties, which manages the industrial airport for the city of Fort Worth, said the first phase of the project involves moving dirt to bring areas around the runway to airport grade, including a former section of FM 156 and BNSF’s previous rail line, which has been moved.

Last month, the City Council awarded a $61.9 million contract to Virginia-based Lane Construction Co. to handle the project. The city has $43.8 million in FAA funding in okace to cover the $35 million first phase, and must secure the funding required for the decond and third phases. Completion is targeted for the first quarter of 2018.

The project has been in the works for about 15 years. Runways 16R/34L and 16L/34R are being expetnded from 9,600 feet to 11,000 feet to accommodate bigger planes from global cargo carriers.

“This is an exciting and much-anticipated milestone for Alliance Airport,” said Tom Harris, president of Hillwood’s Alliance Air Services, in a prepared statement. “This extension brings us one step closer to realizing our master plan of transforming the role of this airport regionally and nationally. We know that there is a lot of competition for funding, so we appreciate the continued support the FAA has provided to make our vision a reality.”

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