Reno-Stead Airport gets record-setting grant for runway reconstruction

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- A record-setting federal grant will help the Reno-Stead Airport work on a runway that has been in place since the 1990s.

Airport staff announced they received $21 million from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for runway reconstruction.

The project will start in March 2018 and will include work such as asphalt demolition, excavation and drainage improvements.

Brian Kulpin with the airport says the project is expected to wrap up by July 2018, so it shouldn't interfere with aircraft taking off during the fire season or the Air Races.

"Two month time we are building into that schedule, so if there are any weather issues, that is plenty of time for operation pavement. Our contractor is confident, we are confident and we do pavement work every single year, we have a lot of experience and we know how to get this done," said Brian Kulpin, Airport spokesperson.

The previous record grant in Reno-Stead airport history was $16 million.