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McCarran starts $67 million runway paving project

LAS VEGAS -- For the next six months McCarran International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the country will juggle thousands of flights with one less runway. Crews started a multimillion-dollar runway paving project Wednesday.

McCarran International Airport authorities said the $67 million renovation project shouldn't be an issue for passengers, and there shouldn't be any major delays in the project.

“We have been working very closely with our FAA tower, planners and construction crews to minimize any type of operational impact,” said Rosemary Vassiliadis, Director of Aviation, McCarran Airport.

However, some frequent flyers aren't convinced.

“Taking a runway away is not going to improve things, lets put it that way,” said Raymond Brey, frequent flyer.

About 521 thousand planes took off and landed at McCarran last year alone. The runway area that has was shut down so workers could replace asphalt with concrete used to handle about a third of those operations.

But the renovations have to be done because the area is 25 years old and approaching the end of its life span. Vassiliadis said one way to cut down on delays is to have a schedule in place.

She said construction will happen six months at a time over two years, and crews will work during the cooler months of the year when that runway is used less because of wind conditions; and then it will re-open during the warmer months.

However, authorities have admitted that bad weather or mechanical issues could be a bigger problem with one less runway. In those situations, officials at McCarran said some delays can't be avoided.

Passengers said they'll just try to go with the flow of things.

“You can't expect it to go perfectly; just take it easy do what you can do and keep your sanity,” Sally Magnuson, Lives in Las Vegas