The Clark County Department of Aviation reopened Runway 7L/25R at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport on April 22, 2015 ̶ ahead of schedule and in advance of the peak summer travel season. The runway had been closed to air traffic since late October 2014, when crews began the first phase of a $67 million project to replace the runway’s asphalt with more durable concrete. At a length of more than 14,500 feet, Runway 7L/25R is McCarran’s longest runway and typically handles one-third of the airport’s annual traffic.
“While I am pleased to report that Phase I was completed with minimal impact to the airlines and their schedules, I do acknowledge that there was increased aircraft noise in different parts of the valley during this work period,” said Rosemary A Vassiliadis, Clark County Director of Aviation. “We appreciate the community’s patience and understanding as we work to not only maintain, but improve our airport. McCarran is one of the most important economic assets in Southern Nevada and an essential part of our hospitality and tourism industry.”
Phase II of the runway renovation project is scheduled to begin in late October 2015 and will focus on the resurfacing of the western half of the same runway. It will take an estimated six months to remove the remaining asphalt and then pour new concrete, leading to an anticipated project conclusion in late April/early May 2016.
The project is financed through a combination of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grants and airport-generated funds, not local tax dollars. Over the course of its two phases, this project will support approximately 250 full-time equivalent construction jobs, including surveyors, contractors, fabricators, engineers and other service providers.