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Airport Starts Summer Reconstruction; Nighttime Noise Expected

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The Reno-Tahoe International Airport started the first phase of its project to reconstruct its pavement areas on Wednesday night.

Officials are warning everyone who lives near the airport that the next few nights could get loud.

If you live in the area around the airport, you can expect construction each night until Saturday between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

The concrete's being replaced because of safety. The concrete on one of the ramps is getting older, and they want to keep it in tip-top shape for the planes.

"You have to have the smoothest, strongest concrete you can," said Brian Kulpin, Reno-Tahoe International Airport Spokesperson. "After about 20 years, a concrete loses its life. An aircraft weighs a lot. A fully-loaded 747 with cargo weighs about 800,000 lbs. So, we have to have the best concrete you can have for the safest operation of the aircraft."

It's a summer-long project paid for by a federal grant. Much of the work is being done on the northwest side of the airport.

"We're breaking up the concrete on what we call our cargo ramp," Kulpin said. "That's where all the FedEx and UPS planes will come and go."

After the concrete is broken up, crews will then refill it with a fresh supply. The rest of this project is expected to be done in August.

"We would like to have that done for the Air Races," Kulpin said. "We get a big influx of aircrafts. We need to park them all, and it's great for our community."

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