July 17, 2015 - 6:51 am
McCarran International Airport will receive a $16.3 million U.S. Department of Transportation grant to complete a two-year runway project.
Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Friday announced that McCarran would receive the grant, which will help pay for the $67 million rehabilitation of the airport‘s longest runway.
Improvements to McCarran‘s 14,505-foot east-west Runway 25R/7L are half complete. Workers are converting an asphalt surface to more durable concrete and half the project was completed between October and May.
The runway will be closed again in late October through May 2016 for the rest of the work.
“The airport is the lifeblood of Southern Nevada‘s economy,” Reid said in a statement about the grant. “Maintaining our status as the world’s premier tourist destination is contingent on having a world-class airport.”