Construction underway for south runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

Residents complain about ‘miserable' dust, noise

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DANIA BEACH, Fla. - The amount of dirt and rock being hauled in to build the new south runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport could fill Marlins Park twice, but Melaluca Gardens residents told Local 10 it's enough to turn their neighborhood into a dust bowl.

"It's just miserable," said Sofia Prossic.

For almost 60 years, Prossic has lived across from Griffin Road near the airport. She said she has never seen her neighborhood this dirty.

"I never had dust in my house. Now I have dust in my house and everywhere here," Prossic said.

Nearly 700 trucks a day are traveling back and forth to the construction site to construct a 65 feet high runway on the east end. For now, residents fear it's a mountain of dirt that a northeast breeze could turn into a dust storm.  

"It's really a pain," said Carol Corbin.

Corbin said it's not just the dirt that bothers her, but also the noise.

Crews are pounding nearly 2,600 pilings into the ground, causing the convoy of construction equipment, bulldozers and dump trucks outside their neighborhood to never end.

"As I say, the noise wakes me up at 4o'clock in the morning sometimes," Corbin said.

Workers are using water to keep the dust down when the wind picks up. Most of the heavy work takes place during the day. The county is also installing sound-proof windows and doors in the homes closest to the new runway.

It will take two years for the project to be completed. But for residents, the light at the end of the tunnel is a plane.

"It's just impossible already to live here, so you imagine what it's going to be when the planes start flying," Prossic said.

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