Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is just a few miles south of Downtown Fort Lauderdale, it’s a major airport in South Florida and serves millions of passengers each year. In 2014, the airport opened a new, innovative addition to its infrastructure: the US1 Tunnels. These tunnels allow drivers to bypass the busy surface streets around the airport and provides a more efficient way to access the airport from the south.
Construction on the US1 Tunnels began in 2010 and was completed in 2014. The tunnels were constructed using the “cut and cover” method, which involved digging a trench and then covering it with a concrete roof .. Which turns out to be the airport’s southern runway which opened in 2014. This second runway, which runs directly over the tunnels, has allowed the airport to significantly expand flight capacity.
The primary vehicular tunnels are approximately 1,000 feet long with multiple lanes in each direction. There are additional tunnels reserved for airport services as well as rail service.
So, next time you pass Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport while on US1, just know that a jumbo jet may be landing or taking off on the runway directly overhead.
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