- Associated Press - Friday, April 22, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The longest runway at the Las Vegas airport has reopened after a nearly five-month overhaul.

McCarran International Airport said it reopened the 14,500-foot runway on Friday just before noon.

The runway was closed in late October in order to replace the asphalt with more durable concrete.

The construction project was the second phase of a $65 million renovation project that was paid for with the airport’s money and Federal Aviation Administration grants.

The runway handles about one-third of the airport’s annual traffic but is used less during the cooler months because wind patterns often push traffic to other runways that go from north to south.

McCarran airport marked 2015 with the third highest passenger count in its history with more than 45 million passengers total.


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