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YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE. Massive traffic build-up at McCarran Airport

Posted at 7:00 PM, Nov 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-14 22:00:08-05
While some people ran down the Las Vegas Sunday night, others spent several hours at a crawl in their cars. 
A huge traffic backup caused tons of issues at McCarran International Airport. 
One viewer told us he spent more than three hours in his car, just going from his parking spot at Terminal One garage to getting out of the garage. 
But he was not the only one. Another viewer said he was stuck on the Desert Inn overpass for at least two hours. 
"It was just unreal," said local Johnny Jackson. "There was no flow of traffic, nobody letting anybody know what to do, nothing over the radio to let the residents know what was going on, and maybe give them some different roads to take. It was just a disaster."
We went to get answers. 
A spokesman at McCarran said it was several issues that came together. They said marathon closures near the Strip caused people to use the airport tunnel instead, and there was even a reader board redirecting them to the tunnel. 
There is also a county project south of tunnel that shut down one of the southbound tunnel lanes. And, unlike last year, there was a three-day weekend for Veterans Day.
There was an internal airport meeting Monday afternoon to figure out what can be done going forward. 
They said they are looking at better communication, other routes, and things they could change for the marathon next year.