Friday, December 19, 2014

Texas Department of Transportation grant money to boost South Texas International Airport (KEBG), Edinburg

EDINBURG — The Texas Transportation Commission approved at its monthly meeting Thursday the first roughly $190,000 of a total of $2.3 million for improvements to Edinburg’s airport.

The commission is the governing board of the Texas Department of Transportation. The city announced last month it won a grant from the department for design and construction costs of airport improvements. The state agency will provide about $2.3 million for the projects, while the city will kick in about $235,000 as a 10 percent match.

The city council last month passed a resolution to support airport improvements.

“It’s obviously going to enhance our airport,” City Manager Ramiro Garza said. “These are needed improvements to our airport to help us grow it, and we’re very excited about the support we’re getting from TxDOT.”

TxDOT will use the initial $190,000 for engineering and design of hangar and pavement improvements, according to a Friday news release from the department.

Officials will choose a project consultant over the winter, the release said.


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