Work continues toward improvements at the Williams County Airport. It’s all part of an ongoing improvement plan for the airport, and it has been quite noticable for the past few weeks if you have been there, with the resurfacing of the runway being a big priority.
The Bryan Kiwanis Club is interested in what’s happening there. They hold the fourth of July Fly In Breakfast there every year, and it is a huge fundraiser for the club.
According to the Bryan Times, the airport manager met with the members of the Kiwanis Club this week to fill them in on what’s happening at the airport.
He told members that what has been happening over the past several weeks is what is called the overlay project for the runway. IT’s been planned for about two years, and will end up costing more than $1 Million. The good news is that more than 90 percent of the cost is being covered by a Federal Aviation Administration grant, with only 10 percent being covered by local funds.
Once the runway overlay is completed, grooves will be cut into the pavement to enhance aircrafts’ braking, and next spring the pavement marking will be completed.
The airport handles about 350 jet flights a year, many bringing in corporate officers, along with technicians and engineers.
In addition to jet flights, the airport also handles about 2,500 flights by propeller-driven aircraft, including many flights for agricultural spraying and seeding.
Airport officials say the upgrades can be expected to yield an increase in traffic at the airport.