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Costly Delay For New Airport Control Tower

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Air traffic control tower under construction at McCarran International Airport. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Air traffic control tower under construction at McCarran International Airport. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities say a construction error will delay completion of a $99 million Federal Aviation Administration tower at McCarran International Airport, and could cost millions of dollars to fix.

The FAA acknowledged the delay in a statement citing what it called “issues” that need to be resolved.

Agency spokesman Allen Kenitzer declined further comment on Friday.

An official with Chicago-based Walsh Construction and Archer Western Contractors didn’t immediately respond Friday to a message.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that a chemical to prevent a toxic fungus was improperly applied in ductwork, walls and subfloors that may need to be cut into to fix the problem.

Work began in June 2011 on the 352-foot tower, along with a four-story Terminal Radar Approach Control building.

A 2015 completion date is now 2017.

 

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