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TxDot grant gives McKinney National Airport a lift

The Texas Transportation Commission has approved the granting of $1,756,202 in federal funds to reimburse McKinney National Airport for the cost of land it acquired in 2010 as part of the $45 million project to replace the old runway.

Project costs will be funded through the City of McKinney and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Aviation Facilities Grant Program, which preserves and improves the state’s general aviation airport system.

Airport Executive Director Ken Wiegand said: “Federal and state grants administered by TxDOT provide the kind of financial assistance our airport needs to continue to grow and provide top-quality service to our business aviation customers. McKinney National Airport has been fortunate to receive outstanding support from FAA and TxDOT over the past 12 years.”

The runway in McKinney was constructed at 7,002 feet long and 150 feet wide with a weight-bearing capacity of 450,000 pounds. It was the largest in single development project in TxDOT Aviation history. The width and weight-bearing capacity can accommodate larger, heavier aircraft.

This year, TxDOT expects to provide approximately $60 million in funding for planning, constructing and maintaining community airports. Approximately 275 community airports in Texas are eligible for funding.

Notable: Ken Wiegand, an accredited member of the American Association of Airport Executives, holds a commercial pilot’s license in helicopter and fixed wing aircraft and earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Wiegand, a 20-year military veteran, has been executive director of Mckinney National Airport since 2002. He served 10 years as executive director of the Winchester Regional Airport Authority in Virginia and eight years as Director of the Virginia Department of Aviation. He has been recognized for his accomplishments by the Federal Aviation Administration, the Commonwealth of Virginia and most recently by the Texas Department of Transportation as its 2008 Airport Manager of the Year.

Public hearing on expansion of seven miles of U.S. 75 going north from Spring Creek Parkway

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will conduct a Public Hearing to present proposed improvements to an approximately 7-mile long section of United States (US) 75 from approximately 1,500 feet south of the Spring Creek Parkway interchange to approximately 500 feet south of the SH 121 interchange.

The purpose of the Public Hearing is to present the anticipated social, economic and environmental effects of the proposed project. The Hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at the City of Allen’s Senior Center at 451 St. Mary Drive, Allen, TX 75002. 

Prior to the Public Hearing, an Open House will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. to allow for questions and review of project exhibits. TxDOT staff will be available to answer questions during the Open House.
The formal Public Hearing presentation will begin at 7 p.m. and followed by a public comment period.

The project would provide additional capacity to the existing six-lane controlled access freeway by adding one additional lane in each direction. The project addresses traffic congestion along this section of US 75 and would be accomplished without the acquisition of additional right-of-way. 

The proposed design also includes reversing some exit and entry ramps between Ridgeview Drive and Legacy Drive to reduce traffic congestion on the freeway, frontage roads and at existing interchanges. 
Bicycle and pedestrian accommodations generally are not provided as part of the proposed project. However, between Stacy Road and Ridgeview Drive, the outside frontage road lanes would be constructed to a 14 feet width to accommodate bicyclists. The proposed design also includes improved pedestrian accommodations at the frontage road intersections with Bethany Drive and McDermott Drive.

The proposed project’s environmental document and drawings showing the location and geometric design will be presented at the Public Hearing. 

Project information will also be available for public inspection and duplication at the Dallas District Office located at 4777 East Highway 80, Mesquite, Texas 75150, the Collin County Area Office located at 2205 South SH 5, McKinney, Texas 75069 and on-line at www.keepitmovingdallas.com under Upcoming Public Hearing. Drawings of the alternative alignments will also be available for public inspection at the Town of Fairview, 372 Town Place, Fairview, Texas 75069; the City of Plano, 1520 Avenue K, Plano, Texas 75074; and the City of Allen, 305 Century Parkway, Allen, Texas 75013.

All interested citizens are invited to attend this Public Hearing. Persons requiring special communication or accommodation needs should contact the TxDOT Dallas District Public Information Officer at (214) 320-6100 at least two (2) working days prior to the Public Meeting. 

Because the Public Hearing will be conducted in English, any request for language interpreters or other special communication needs should also be made at least two (2) working days prior to the Public Hearing. Every reasonable effort to accommodate these needs will be made.

Written and verbal comments regarding the proposed project may be presented at the Public Hearing. Written comments submitted after the Public Hearing must be hand-delivered or postmarked on or before Friday, March 29, 2013. Written comments can be submitted to Robert Hall, P.W.S., CFM, TxDOT Dallas District Environmental Coordinator, 4777 East Highway 80, Mesquite, Texas 75150. Hall can also be contacted for additional information at 214-320-6157.
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