In 2006, the Airport Authority launched its Beyond 2010 plan to ensure that Louisville International is ready to handle the largest and newest long-range commercial aircraft—helping to retain and attract even more aviation-related companies and jobs for our community and prepare the airport for 21st century aviation needs.
A key project within the plan is the construction of Taxiway Alpha, just west of Runway 17R-35L (West Runway).
However, a nearby roadway, Crittenden Drive, encroached on mandatory clearance zones for Taxiway A and needed to be relocated.
To minimize the disruption to adjoining neighbors, better manage construction and secure necessary funding, the estimated $28 million roadway relocation project was divided into three phases.
Thanks to $5 million from the Commonwealth of Kentucky and $6 million from the Louisville Redevelopment Authority, the South connector of the roadway relocation project was completed in August 2012.
Construction of this phase eliminated one pinch point and included a bridge over the CSX railroad tracks that connects the Airport Industrial Center to the airport.
In spring 2012, the Commonwealth of Kentucky committed $17 million over two years to construct the North Connector and the Woodlawn Overpass Phases of the Crittenden Drive Relocation Project.
In September 2013, construction was completed on approximately 1.25 miles of new roadway from the intersection of Crittenden Drive and Park Boulevard south to Wabasso Avenue. The construction of the new roadway eliminated the second – and final – pinch point, which allows for the completion of Taxiway Alpha.
The third phase and final phase includes replacing the Woodlawn Overpass. It is currently in the design phase and could begin as early as FY 2015 (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015).
Taxiway Alpha is now 75% complete. In addition to relocating sections of Crittenden Drive, it was necessary to relocate FedEx’s aircraft parking area and the company’s feeder-truck and employee parking lots to construct the taxiway.
The estimated total cost of the project is approximately $44.2 million, with the FAA contributing approximately $40.6 million and the Airport Authority contributing approximately $3.6 million.
When complete, Taxiway Alpha will be 10,000 feet—or almost 2 (1.89) miles long—and 100 feet wide—as wide as a 10-story building is high.