Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Bryan City hopes improvements to Coulter Field will enhance business opportunities

BRYAN, Texas - Coulter Field as it serves as a regional focal point for aviation with private jets, charter companies and even military aircraft using the airport. 

But some much needed improvements aim to boost business. 

On Tuesday, the Bryan City Council approved two things pertaining to the airport. The first is an agreement between the city and TxDOT. It will cover general maintenance of the airport in 2017 and TxDOT will match a portion of the funding. 

The second thing the council approved is the second phase of the Airport Improvement Project. It's a federal grant with the FAA in which the agency will pay for 90 percent of improvement costs. 

The project will bring wildlife and security fencing, repave the runways and add more parking spaces for aircraft. The goal of these improvements is to bring in more economic opportunities. 

"A lot of community developers and business leaders are flying into the airpot to have meetings, to help develop, to grow businesses in our community so it's very important," said James Brown, manager of Coulter Field. "The airport is a very big hidden asset."

Brown also said many travelers prefer Coulter Field because it's less congested than nearby Easterwood Airport due to the lack of commercial aircraft.

Groundbreaking on the improvements will start next year and more planning and improvements will follow.  

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