McCarran Airport receives FAA fund to renovate its two taxiways

26 August 2012 (Last Updated August 26th, 2012 18:30)

McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas has received $17.8m grant from US Department of Transportation (DoT) for the renovation of its two major taxiways.

McCarran airport runnway

McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas has received $17.8m grant from US Department of Transportation (DoT) for the renovation of its two major taxiways.

The grant has been awarded under the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) which will be used to rehabilitate 5,000ft of Taxiway E, which is located parallel to and between the north-south runways of the airport.

Part of the grant will also be used to fund the resurfacing of Taxiway H, which runs parallel to and west of the airport's north-south runways, in addition to enhancement of Taxiway H signage.

US Transportation secretary Ray LaHood said the investment is expected to enhance safety levels of airport.

"This funding will allow the flying public who use the airport to continue to reach their destinations safely," LaHood.

The project will also replace the current cracked pavement with a new improved one which is expected to require less maintenance as well as withstand high desert temperatures.

FAA administrator Michael Huerta said, "These critical repairs ensure that McCarran International Airport continues to operate safely and efficiently."

Under the AIP, FAA plans to spend about $3.35bn per year for the vital airport projects to enhance the safety, capacity, and environmental compliance.

According to FAA, about 3,300 US airports are qualified for AIP funding promoting commercial passengers, cargo operations, and general aviation activities all through the country.

The airport has recently unveiled its new $2.4bn 1.9m ft2 Terminal 3 building will connect to the current Terminals 1 and 2 and is expected to increase the airport's capacity to 53million passengers per year.

Image: The funding will be used to renovate McCarran's existing two major taxiways. Photo: Courtesy of Bzargarian.