Balfour Beatty has been awarded a construction management contract to deliver the $400 million “Runway 5L/23R Replacement Program” in what it describes as The most important capital project” at Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU).
Forming a part of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority’s 25-year master plan, Balfour Beatty will provide a new primary runway and convert the existing runway into a taxiway, the company said in a statement. In addition, the company will relocate a section of Lumley Road in Raleigh to accommodate the new runway location.
The project will move the runway approximately 500 feet to the northwest and allow for future expansion of the airport’s major Terminal 2 Concourse.
“We are honored to continue our 10-year partnership with the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority through the construction of our new 5L/23R runway replacement project,” Trent Johnson, Balfour Beatty project executive at Raleigh, said in the statement.
“Aviation is a strong market segment for our Southeast operations, and our team members are excited to build on this expertise while remaining committed to meeting our client’s goals. We are proud of our company’s unique buildings and civil operations, And look forward to delivering a new airspace safely and efficiently using technology and innovation techniques that will further expand and enhance the travel experience for RDU’s customers.”
In addition to the 5L/23R runway replacement program, Balfour Beatty says it is currently delivering the airport’s West Remain over night aircraft parking apron and runway slab replacement projects.
Work will begin after the airport completes the environmental assessment process, which is currently in progress with the Federal Aviation Administration.
At the peak of construction, the project will employ a direct management team of 20 and an extensive workforce of approximately 1,000.