A new runway is just the beginning. With several major projects in the works, construction dust will be flying around Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport for the next four years. The airport's $2.3 billion makeover eventually will make coming-and-going easier and more efficient. Here is what is still ahead:
$791 million south runway
Completion: Sept. 18
The runway is expected to be "substantially completed" on Sept. 18, allowing aircraft to start landing and taking off on it. However, more work will be required on its associated taxiways and ramps. At the same time, motorists on U.S. 1 will be able to go north and south through the tunnels under the runway via the three lanes open in each direction. Most of the current construction dust will be cleaned up.
$450 million expansion and renovation of Terminal 4
The terminal will double in size to a total of 14 gates, new restaurants and concessions, a larger security checkpoint and double the number of restrooms. It also will have a bridge to Terminal 3, so international passengers can more easily make connecting flights.
$300 million terminal renovations
Completion: Early 2017
All four terminals are getting new restaurants and shops, new flooring, new lighting, more seating and expanded floor space. Additionally, the bathrooms will be refurbished with more energy- and water-efficient facilities.
$150 million Terminal 1 international upgrades
Completion: Early 2017
A new Customs and Border Patrol inspection area will be installed on Concourse A, allowing international travelers to proceed to Concourses B and C without clearing security again. Five more gates and a food court also will be installed.
$100 million in-line baggage system
Terminals 1 and 2 already have in-line baggage-handling systems, which inspect bags for explosives as they move along a beltway between check-in counters and airplane ramps. Terminal 3 is to have the system installed by 2015; a firm date has yet to be set for Terminal 4.
$2.39 million demolition of the Hilton Hotel
Crews already have knocked down the hotel's parking garage on the southwest corner of the airport. The rest of the structure is to be leveled in April and then the site must be cleared. The project is part of the overall runway cost of $791 million.
$6.3 million aluminum shade cover.
The airport in March plans to start installing aluminum overhangs on the upper level of the terminal complex. Because the area will become a construction zone, travelers will be asked to descend to the ground level to walk from terminal to terminal.
$3.7 million Sky Waves bridge canopies
Completion: Late April
Four pedestrian bridges that connect Terminals 2, 3 and 4 with the parking garages are to be remodeled with "Sky Wave" roof canopies, featuring silver ocean waves rolling over the airport's loop road.