August 24, 2017

Cortez Masto Applauds Over $9.5 Million in Federal Grant Funding for Southern Nevada Airports

Battle Mountain, Nev. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for awarding more than $9.5 million in funding for two airports in Clark County, Jean Airport and McCarran International Airport.

“Because people come from all over the world to experience everything Las Vegas has to offer, Las Vegas’s economy relies on the airports nearby,” said Cortez Masto. “I’m thankful for the Department of Transportation’s support in our efforts to ensure that both the McCarran International and Jean Airports are equipped with the resources and technology necessary to meet the transportation infrastructure needs of Southern Nevada for decades to come.”

The following funds will be awarded:

  • $7,059,088 to the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada to fund the reconstruction of over 50,000 square yards of parking apron pavement that has reached the end of its useful life.
  • $478,125 to the McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada to fund the acquisition of 75 Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) squitter units for airport ground vehicles to improve surface situational awareness and safety. Vehicle squitter units utilize an ADS-B transmitter to broadcast a highly accurate GPS-based position, which is received by ground stations and equipped-aircraft on or near the airport. The equipment is needed to reduce the risk of runway incursions and conflicts between aircraft and vehicles operating on the airfield.
  • $2,000,000 to Jean Airport in Clark County to fund expanding the terminal aircraft parking apron by 26,000 square yards and to reconstruct 18,200 square yards of the existing terminal aircraft parking apron pavement.