Thu, Feb 26, 2009
FAA Money Approved For Runway Improvements
When Washington scrambled to fund public works and construction
in the name of economic stimulus, among the special interests which
lined up at the trough was airports. The argument was compelling --
many airports have expansion plans in place, ready to go as soon as
funding is available.
In current Washington vernacular, such a project is called
"shovel-ready." In other words, as soon as the check is written,
the work can begin.
Other airports aren't quite there, but a few are scrambling to
be ready. The Wichita Falls Times Record News reports the Wichita
Falls Municipal Airport (SPS) in north Texas will get a $371,000
FAA grant, to pay for design and engineering for improvements to a
runway the city plans to lease from Sheppard Air Force Base.
The plans will include options to spend $5 million for an
asphalt repaving, or $20 million for complete reconstruction with
concrete... accommodating whatever level of funding become
available. The city will then lease the runway, and some other
facilities, from the Air Force for about $33,000 per year.
The Texas Department of Transportation estimates the federal
stimulus plan will include up to $1.1 billion for airport
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