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