$26M from feds will rehab Vegas airport runway

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — The longest runway at McCarran International Airport is getting an overhaul starting this fall with help from the federal government.

Congresswoman Dina Titus announced this week that the Las Vegas airport landed $26 million to fund a two-phase reconstruction project.

Airport spokesman Chris Jones says asphalt on the nearly 15,000-foot-long runway will be removed and replaced with concrete, which is more durable. Construction on phase one is expected to run for six months starting in November, while a second phase will begin around the same time next year.

Jones says the construction should have minimal impact on flight schedules.

Titus called the airport central to southern Nevada's economic future and said the improvements will help it keep pace with rising passenger demand.

McCarran sees nearly 20 million passengers each year.

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