’13 to start airport expansion

November 17, 2012

Say what you want about TxDOT. The state agency has come through on expansion of Granbury Regional Airport.

It’s really going to happen – and soon.

City Manager Wayne McKethan said that land purchases will be made around the first of the year.

“As soon as we are able to complete the purchase, we’re going to begin moving dirt,” McKethan said.

He said “we,” but he was really referring to TxDOT – or the Texas Department of Transportation. The agency’s Aviation Division “is in control of all the construction and development” for the project, McKethan said. The city will not be involved.

The project, which will mean the airport will be able to accommodate corporate jets, should be complete sometime in 2015, the city manager said.

At the City Council meeting on Tuesday, TxDOT airport manager Gary Hawkins was on hand as elected officials voted on a resolution expressing gratitude to TxDOT’s Aviation Division and the Federal Aviation Administration. The two entities are providing $14 million for the airport’s expansion. The city is kicking in $4 million.

The revamped airport will have a 5,800-foot runway that will run parallel to Loop 567 near the industrial park.

Hawkins told the City Council that a meeting will soon be held in Waco to discuss the relocation of a transmission line that is at the airport. He said that TxDOT is “moving forward” on the long-awaited project.

“We’ve got $7.83 million in the kitty, and we’re ready to start moving on this,” he said.

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