LAS VEGAS, Nev.–U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced a $17.8 million federal grant that will reconstruct two major taxiways at McCarran International Airport.
The Secretary made the announcement during a tour of the airport, where he was joined by U.S. Senator Harry Reid.
“We must continue to invest in our nation’s airports and ensure we maintain the highest level of safety,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “This funding will allow the flying public who use the airport to continue to reach their destinations safely.”
The Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant will allow for the rehabilitation of 5,000 feet of Taxiway E, which runs parallel to and between the airport’s north-south runways. It also will fund the resurfacing of Taxiway H, which runs parallel to and west of those runways.
“These critical repairs ensure that McCarran International Airport continues to operate safely and efficiently,” said FAA Acting Administrator Michael Huerta.
The project will replace the existing cracked pavement with pavement that is more durable, will require less maintenance and will better stand up to high desert temperatures. The project will also improve Taxiway H signage.
The Airport Improvement Program (AIP) provides $3.35 billion in annual funding for projects that are vital to maintaining the safety, capacity, and environmental stewardship of our nation’s airports. More than 3,300 airports are eligible for AIP grants benefiting commercial passengers, cargo operations, and general aviation activities throughout the nation.
The grant will provide for the replacement of runway pavement and extend the runway to meet the needs of aircraft using the airport. The project will begin this fall.
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