Dallas Love Field's (DAL) primary commercial air carrier runway, Runway 13R-31L, was reconstructed to address the tarmac’s end of design life and accommodate changes in the airport’s fleet mix and usage. As engineer-of-record, HNTB worked closely with the City of Dallas to ensure that FAA design criteria were met and prioritized sustainability, aiming to enhance airfield safety and operational efficiency.

At 8,800 feet long, Runway 13R-31L plays a vital role in DAL's operations. As such, the recent modernization project was key to ensuring that the asset remains a reliable resource for the airport and its carriers. The project involved a complete reconstruction to meet current FAA regulations, including demolition, upgrades to parallel Taxiway C, new connector taxiways and improvements to storm drainage and runway safety areas.

Utilizing data for increased efficiency and capacity

A top priority was maximizing airfield capacity. Taking a clean slate approach, the design team analyzed FAA landing events data to redefine taxiway geometry. This innovative methodology created a more efficient airfield with increased capacity.

Committing to Sustainability

Construction practices followed the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s Envision rating system criteria, aligning with DAL's commitment to sustainability. Approximately 92% of the base course material was recycled from existing pavement, and solar-powered lights were utilized during construction. New LED lights and signs enhance visibility and reduce fixture load.

Ensuring Reliability

With a focus on increased efficiency, longevity and sustainability, DAL’s Reconstructed Runway 13R-31L ensures a future-ready airport that will continue to provide reliable, uninterrupted travel for its more than 8 million annual passengers.

Location: Dallas, TX

Client: Dallas Love Field Airport

Services: Engineer-of-record

Awards: 2023 Best Project (Airport/Transit), ENR Texas and Louisiana; 2022 Project of the Year (Runways), Airport Business Magazine

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