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Harrison County awarded $90,000 airport grant

By Robin Y. Richardson
Oct. 2, 2011 at 11 p.m.

MARSHALL - Harrison County has received $90,000 for runway improvements at the county airport.

The grant from the Texas Department of Transportation is the second-largest single project grant in the county's history, according to Harrison County Judge Hugh Taylor.

The county will use the funds to resurface and stripe the runway, taxiway and apron areas, Taylor said.

"There's clearly a need to do improvements in order to save our surfaces from further deterioration," Taylor has said.

He said the stripes on the runways aren't visible and the runways lack numbers.

"It's gotten to the point where in some areas small pieces of gravel have started to come up, and pilots and the people that use the airport have made me aware of that, and I've decided to make it a priority to get it fixed," he said.

"It is a significant project," Taylor said.

The engineer for the project will be Ed Addicks of O'Malley Engineers. A consultant for the project will be selected in the fall.

Project costs will be funded through TxDOT's Aviation Facilities Grant Program, which preserves and improves the state's general aviation system, and Harrison County.

This year, TxDOT plans to provide about $60 million in funding for planning, constructing and maintaining community airports.

About 275 community airports are eligible for funding.

TxDOT officials said arrivals and departures from community airports account for more than 3 million flight hours per year and provide aircraft facilities for agricultural, medical, business and commuter use.



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