TxDOT dedicating $8.3M to Georgetown airport improvements
GEORGETOWN, Texas – The Texas Department of Transportation is dedicating around $8.3 million to Georgetown Municipal Airport for improvements.
“The equipment here is… experienced,” said George Brown, a pilot who has two planes at the Georgetown airport.
Airport manager Russ Volk said the airport just celebrated its 70th birthday and needs the improvements. It currently handles 200 take-offs and landings each day.
“In order to maintain even this size of an airport, grants are critical,” said Volk.
The plan includes removing trees and vegetation from the end of one of the runways, building a new taxiway and paving the current ones. Currently, reflectors line the taxiways, but with the improvements the airport will be able to install lights on the sides. The 25-year-old underground fuel tanks will also be moved above ground as part of FAA standards.
“When you look at all of these coupled together they're all designed to improve the safety of the users of the airport, and to make sure we try to minimize the risk that could result in future air craft incidents,” Volk said.
“I can't speak for the other pilots but I can sure speak for me, we're really looking forward to the improvements,” said Brown.
The airport has been designated a reliever airport for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. In 2007, a control tower was built to handle all the traffic.
The $8.3 million is part of $60 million TxDOT is using this year to improve small airports across the state. The City of Georgetown will match 10 percent of the grant money.