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.
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. Approximately 70,000 new mangroves have been planted and will "trend for success" for one year before the next phase of the Southport Turning Notch Extension can begin. A number of environmental improvements in nearby West Lake Park are also included in the plan.
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 2019.
Status: The enhancement area has been prepared and more than 70,00 mangroves have been planted. The plants will "Trend Towards Success" for one year before the next phase of the Southport Turning Notch Extension can begin.
Updated: November 10, 2015
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 estimated cost (as of July 2015) is $374 million, including a $184 million investment by the Port. No local taxes are to be used. Widening and deepening the channel is projected to create 4,789 construction jobs in the near term and 1,491 regional jobs by the year 2027.
Status: The Port received a signed Chief of Engineers Report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on June 26, 2015, which clears the way for the Port to begin the next phase of deepening and widening its channels, and allows the project to be included in federal legislation expected in 2016. Other milestones in the project:
Updated: April 15, 2016
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, 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: Berth design completed. Construction scheduled for 2016.
Updated: December 23, 2015
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 took nearly three years to construct. The new plant, built at just under $1.2 billion, will:
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Status: Completed. The new plant went into operation on April 1, several months ahead of schedule.
Updated: April 15, 2016
The new Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) allows cargo containers to be directly transferred between ships and railcars, which takes an estimated 180,000 truck trips annually off roads by 2029, reducing traffic congestion and harmful air emissions. The ICTF, built and operated by the Florida East Coast Railway (FECR), is the first on-port rail yard in the United States to process both domestic and internationals cargoes. FECR invested $53 million to build and operates 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: April 15, 2016
To allow direct access to the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center from SE 17th Street, the security checkpoint on Eisenhower Boulevard was moved further south and the security perimeter was relocated to carve out the Convention Center, the Northport Parking Garage and Cruise Terminals 1 and 2 from the controlled access area of the Port.
Status: Construction completed, new security checkpoint is open.
Updated: December 23, 2015
The recently completed McIntosh Loop Road in Southport allows smoother access for trucks entering the terminal yards:
Status: McIntosh Loop Road is completed
Completed: Grand Opening held on March 24, 2014
Update: October 29, 2014
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:
Status: A Grand Re-Opening Celebration was held January 8, 2015
Updated: January 22, 2015
At the east end of I-595, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) built 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 included reconstructing several ramps of the I-595/US 1/Eller Drive interchange, reconstructing the Eller Drive intersections at Northeast 7th Ave., Northeast 14th Ave. and McIntosh Road, installing:
Status: FDOT's $42.5 million Eller Drive Overpass project was completed in early 2015.
Updated: February 17, 2015
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