PHL Philadelphia International Airport

The Project:

PHL contractors are currently engaged in the second and third phases of a multi-phase project to construct a 1500-ft. extension of Runway 27L and to reconfigure associated taxiways. The project has involved critical enabling work, including realignment of Taxiway H, per new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) policy, and relocation of a localizer system for Runway 9R that provides navigational aid to aircraft making landings at PHL. It is anticipated that the runway extension will be completed in the summer of 2018, with all remaining taxiway improvements completed in the spring of 2019.

The Work: Once preliminary work was completed on the taxiway realignment and localizer relocation in December 2015, work on the core extension project commenced in June 2016. The runway and associated taxiway extension are broken down into the following construction packages:
  1. Site preparation and utility installation: includes installation of underground electrical utilities and storm drainage system, as well as relocation of the aircraft fueling supply lines between the fuel farm and fueling islands.
  2. Runways and west taxiways: includes concrete and bituminous paving, earthwork, crushed aggregate stone, storm drainage work, electrical power and communication distribution networks, reconfiguration of runway and taxiway lighting and guidance signage and relocation/reconstruction of various navigational aids.
  3. East taxiways: concrete and bituminous paving, earthwork, crushed aggregate stone, storm drainage work, taxiway lighting and guidance signage, as well as existing taxiway rehab and extensions.
The Result:

PHL and its airline partners will benefit from the additional length provided by the 1500-ft. runway extension. As the Airport seeks to accommodate its existing airline partners and attract new non-stop routes and destinations, such as a direct flight to Asia, the extension provides planes with adequate length to make possible those longer, more distant routes. Additionally, these planes typically carry heavier loads and require more acceleration length at takeoff.

The Contractors:

The Prime Contractors are AP Construction and J.J. Anderson.