Building for Safety at DFW

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Construction is about to begin on perimeter runways at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to bolster safety and schedules.

Those special taxiways will eliminate the need for planes on the ground to cross runways that are being used for takeoffs and landings.

A smaller version of the perimeter layout is under construction at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

A Federal Aviation Administration official says the DFW Airport design could become the model for other sites.

DFW officials yesterday held a symbolic ground-breaking for an 18-month project to build perimeter runways in a "W" shape at one end of the airport.

The feds are paying almost 50 (M) million dollars of the 66-point-seven (M) million dollar cost of the first phase.