Construction Updates

Port Everglades is undergoing monumental capital improvements to more efficiently handle increasing amounts of international cargo, and to provide cruise guests with a first-class cruise vacation experience. Construction accounts for 9,000 immediate jobs and will result in 7,000 new permanent jobs locally and 135,000 new jobs statewide.

The Port has identified $1.6 billion in capital investments over the next 20 years to improve productivity.
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Construction is administered by the Broward County Public Works Department through Seaport Engineering and Construction Division. For information about competitive bidding on upcoming construction projects, visit the Broward County Purchasing Division website.

Southport Turning Notch Extension

Southport Turning Notch Extension and Upland Mangrove Enhancement  

The Southport Turning Notch extension project will lengthen the existing deep-water turn-around area for cargo ships from 900 feet to 2,400 feet at the existing depth of 42 feet, which will allow for five new cargo berths.  A critical part of the Southport Turning Notch extension includes replacing 8.7 acres of an existing mangrove conservation easement with a 16.5-acre upland enhancement of approximately 70,000 new mangroves, plants and seeds as well as completing a number of environmental improvements in nearby West Lake Park.

Port officials worked closely with port users, the environmental community and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to develop the plan for the new mangrove habitat.  Broward County, which governs Port Everglades, executed an agreement with FDEP on September 10, 2010, that details the steps required to facilitate the release of the existing 8.7 acres of mangrove conservation area. The agreement speaks specifically to an expedited permitting process with FDEP  and is the critical path to maintaining the estimated timeline for this project. The project is currently in the design and permitting phase and construction is scheduled for completion in 2017.

Status: The enhancement area has been prepared and mangrove planting is underway.  

Updated: June 17, 2015

 Recommended Plan for Construction Page

 Deepening and Widening Navigational Channels

Port Everglades is continuing to work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deepen and widen the Port's navigational channels from 42 feet to 48 feet (with a 2-foot overdredge allowance). The Project calls for deepening and widening the Outer Entrance Channel from an existing 45-foot project depth over a 500-foot channel width to a 55-foot depth with an 800-foot channel width, deepening the Inner Entrance Channel and Main Turning Basin from 42 feet to 48 feet, and widening the channels within the Port to increase the margin of safety for ships transiting to berth.  The total cost is estimated cost (as of July 2013) to be $374 million, including a $184 million investment by the Port. No local taxes are to be used. Widening and deepening the channel at Port Everglades is projected to create 4,789 construction jobs in the near term and 1,491 regional jobs by the year 2027.

Status: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Review Board approved the final environmental and economic feasibility studies for the project. The final step in the Corps' project approval process is a Chief of Engineers Report recommending the project to Congress for construction authorization.  The Chief's Report is anticipated by the end of May 2015.

Updated: June 17, 2015

 Slip 2 Project

Slip 2 Lengthening

Port Everglades is moving forward with a plan to lengthen Slip 2, located in Northport adjacent to Cruise Terminal 4, by 250 feet westward to accommodate today's larger cruise ship. Once completed, which is slated for December 2016, Slip 2 will be 1,150 feet long and 42 feet deep. Total construction cost for the project is $18 million. The State of Florida is contributing $1.85 million to funding this project

Status: Construction is anticipated to begin early Fall 2015

Updated: June 17, 2015 

 Northport Bypass Road

Seaport and Convention Center Security Improvement Project 

This project moves the security checkpoint on Eisenhower Boulevard further south and a security perimeter will be created around the Northport Parking Garage to carve out the Broward County/Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Center from the controlled access area of the Port.

Status: Construction will affect traffic flow within the Port. Traffic pattern changes have been implemented along Eisenhower Blvd. making it one lane in each direction from Southeast 20th St. to Southeast 26th St. Although the left turn lane from northbound Eisenhower to westbound Spangler has been eliminated for the duration of this construction phase, left turns will still be permitted. Vehicles will need to wait for southbound traffic to clear before making the left turn.

Traffic Change Maps:

Updated: October 29, 2014

Florida Power & Light

In the early morning hours of July 16, a series of controlled explosions demolished FPL's 1960s-era Port Everglades Power Plant. This was the first step in FPL's plan to transform old power plants into high-efficiency, combined-cycle natural gas energy centers.

The new Port Everglades Next Generation Clean Energy Center will take approximately three years to construct and will:

  • be 35 percent more fuel-efficient
  • create 650 direct jobs at peak construction
  • cut carbon dioxide emissions in half
  • produce enough electricity to power 260,000 homes and businesses
  • require no additional cooling water or land
  • Keep the cost of electricity low and help Florida be more energy independent

For more information, visit

Status: Demolition of the old plant took place on July 16, 2013. Construction of the new plant continues.

Updated: July 18, 2013

recently completed projects

 ICTF Ribbon Cutting 3

ICTF with cranes

 Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF)

The new rail yard, called an Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF), will make it possible for cargo containers to be directly transferred between ships and railcars to take an estimated 180,000 truck trips a year off roads by 2029, which will reduce traffic congestion and harmful air emissions. Drivers who are commonly delayed at the railroad crossing at S.R. 84 and Andrews Ave. will directly benefit because trains will be put together at Port Everglades instead of at the rail yard on Andrews Avenue. This ICTF, built and operated by the Florida East Coast Railway (FEC), is the first on-port rail yard in the United States to process both domestic and internationals cargoes. FEC invested $53 million to build and operate the ICTF. Broward County's Port Everglades Department, which is a self-supporting Enterprise Fund that does not rely on local tax dollars, contributed 42.5 acres of land for the ICTF which is valued at $19 million.

Completed: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony held on July 14, 2014.

Updated: October 27, 2014

 McIntosh Loop Road 8 2014


McIntosh Road Loop

The recently completed McIntosh Loop Road in Southport allows smoother access for trucks entering the terminal yards:

  • majority right-only turns
  • expanded staging lanes

Status: McIntosh Loop Road is completed

Completed: Grand Opening held on March 24, 2014



 Update: October 29, 2014

 Cruise Terminal 4 Ribbon Cutting

 Cruise Terminal 4 Renovation

Terminal 4 was modernized through an expansion and reconfiguration effort that will provide the cruise industry and their guests with a modern, efficient facility with separate embark and debark processing areas. The Port will apply for LEED certification for Terminal 4 due to the many environmentally-friendly, energy efficient features. Other improvements include:

  • Covered loading/drop-off areas
  • Additional 172 new surface parking spaces
  • New escalators and elevators
  • High efficiency, eco-friendly lighting, acoustics and air conditioner
  • 50 check-in counters
  • New restrooms
  • Two new loading bridges

Status: A Grand Re-Opening Celebration was held January 8, 2015 

Updated: January 22, 2015

 Eller Drive Overpass

 Eller Drive Overpass

At the east end of I-595, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is building the Eller Drive Overpass to carry vehicles entering Port Everglades over two new rail tracks that will expand into six working tracks for a new Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) rail yard at the Port. Work also includes reconstructing several ramps of the I-595/US 1/Eller Drive interchange, reconstructing Eller Drive intersections at Northeast 7th Ave., Northeast 14th Ave. and McIntosh Road, installing:

  • new railroad tracks
  • crossing signals
  • relocating underground utilities
  • installing a stormwater management system
  • roadway construction
  • highway lighting system
  • landscaping and irrigation

FDOT's $42.5 million Eller Drive Overpass project is expected to be completed in early 2015. 


  • Substantially complete and is expected to be finished by Spring

Updated: February 17, 2015

 South Runway

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Runway

The 8,000-foot, $791 million runway took nearly two and half years to complete. The new runway will allow FLL to handle nearly 425,000 flights annually. There are 12 tunnels that run under the runway's two bridges to accommodate U.S.1, Perimeter Road and the FEC railroad tracks. The South Runway is the first phase of an expansion project at FLL that aims to ease congestion and update terminals for the 23.5 million passengers that use the airport annually.

Status: Grand Opening was held on September 17, 2014  

Updated: January 30, 2015