|SS airport receiving almost $750,000 for improvements|
|Kerry Craig | News-Telegram Assistant Editor|
Sept. 2, 2005 -- Big money is on the way to Sulphur Springs Airport, according to information from the Texas Department of Transportation Aviation Division.
Funding of $746,533 for planned airport improvements, including design and construction of hangars and engineering and design for other construction at the airport has been approved.
"A large part of this is the first part of the $3.4 million grant for rehabilitation of asphalt surfaces at the airport," said City Finance Director Peter Karstens. "This will get the engineers started for designing work, which will all then happen this next year."
The remainder of the funding will be on the way following the completion of the engineering work. A contract for the project is expected to be awarded this fall.
"The second part of [the grant package] will pay for hangars that we are going to build at the airport," Karstens said.
Project costs will be funded through the Texas Department of Transportation's Aviation Facilities Grant Program, which preserves and improves the state's general aviation system, and the city of Sulphur Springs.
Along with funding for Sulphur Springs Airport, TxDoT expects to provide approximately $60 million in funding for planning, constructing and maintaining approximately 275 other community airports in Texas that are eligible for funding.
The TxDoT Aviation Division said that arrivals and departures from community airports account for more than three million flight hours per year and provide aircraft facilities for agricultural, medical, business and commuter use around the state.