California-based Granite Construction has secured a $45m contract for a Runway 16R-34L Reconstruction Project at Nevada’s Reno-Tahoe International Airport in the US.

The contract was awarded by Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, which operates the airport.

Reno-Tahoe International Airport is a publicly owned airport and is located about 5km from the central business district of the city of Reno in Nevada.

Under the contract, Granite will reconstruct a 20-year-old runway at the airport.

The project is expected to use around 40,000 cubic yards of concrete, 25,000t of hot-mix asphalt, 22,000t of aggregate base, 40,000t of asphalt treated base rock and 60,000t of wildlife rock.

Wildlife rock is used to prevent borrowing and nesting by animals.

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Granite’s Lockwood Facility will provide the materials for construction.

Granite regional VP Brian Dowd said: “Granite has a long history of performing work at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, performing close to $100m of work over the past 20 years.

“We look forward to once again working with Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority on this critical infrastructure improvement project.”

The company stated that the construction work is set to start in the second quarter of this year and will finish in the fourth quarter of next year.

In February this year, US Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced airport infrastructure grants worth $520.5m to 287 airports located across 41 US states.

Of the grant money, $31.7m was allocated for runway reconstruction at Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

In May last year, US Government approved a $779m funding package aimed at modernising 127 airports in all 50 states, as well as Puerto Rico.

A $10m infrastructure grant was allocated to Reno-Tahoe International Airport to repave the runway.