Broward County Aviation Department (FLL & HWO) On-Call Aviation Planning Services

Kimley-Horn serves as the prime consultant providing on-call aviation planning services for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) as well as its reliever, North Perry Airport (HWO), both of which are owned and operated by the Broward County Aviation Department. Services provided as a part of the on-call planning initiative have included both airside and landside facility planning projects that feed directly into a master planning effort.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is a rapidly growing large hub commercial service airport served by all major carriers. Passenger activity at FLL is forecast to grow by roughly 4.5 million passengers between 2015 and 2020, placing significant pressure on both landside and airside facilities at this airport.

As a part of this contract, our tasks have included:

Planning for this area at FLL was done to address vehicle flows, SIDA access and possible re-configuration of airport support facilities, including the airport belly cargo facility, airport fuel farm, Delta GSE maintenance facility, airport maintenance building and supporting equipment/materials storage, reuse of the former maintenance facility, enhancements to site access, and access to the SIDA focusing on reducing significant congestion at Gate 100. The study identified the potential expansion of the belly cargo area, brought airport maintenance vehicles inside the security fence to mitigate gate congestion, and defined potential reuse of the former maintenance area.
The Kimley-Horn was tasked with evaluating four designated hotspots at FLL and associated non-compliant airfield geometry in the immediate vicinity of Runway 10L/28R, the longest runway at FLL. This analysis dealt with non-standard exit geometry, large expanses of pavement at the departure ends of the runway, crossings in the high-energy portion of the runway, and was based on a review of ASRS reported incidents as supplemented by input for Airport Operations and the FLL ATC. Specific mitigation recommendations were defined for each hotspot.
Planning was performed to analyze and conduct extensive vehicle movement simulations of the upper and lower terminal access roadways and all points of interface with airport parking garages, ground transportation centers, bus and taxi staging areas, and the consolidated rental car facility. The purpose was to identify and mitigate increasing congestion and reduction in level of service. The analysis focused on near-term improvements that could quickly enhance flow and operations, and serves as the initial 5-year program for the master plan. Options considered and recommended included curbside operational enhancements, changes in the exit from the CONRAC to the terminal road, improved signage, flexing use of upper and lower roadways through blue-tooth technology and dynamic signage, restriping to provide an additional exit roadway lane, addition of a new lane, and mitigation of pedestrian impacts to traffic flow.
Kimley-Horn performed airfield geometry safety enhancement planning for North Perry Airport (HWO) to assess the entire four-runway airfield relative to design standard conformity and consistency with new airfield geometry criteria established by the FAA. The analysis mitigated three existing and a fourth proposed hotspot, and re-evaluated a runway extension recommendation from the 2009 master plan to determine if there was a defensible purpose and need for the action. This effort serves as the master plan for all existing airfield facilities at HWO.