The Texas Transportation Commission has approved $6.2 million in funding for the repair of Cleburne Municipal Airport’s runway and taxiway. The funding is part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, passed to provide relief, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The state and city have been working on repair plans. Originally the City would have had to fund 10% of the construction costs but the federal dollars will fully fund the project. The last taxiway and runway project was completed in 2014.
“This project will ensure the safety of the flying public and their aircraft,” said airport manager Sharlette Wright. “If we were to put off the project, the pavements would continue to deteriorate, which put the flying public at risk and the airport would lose business.”
Construction is expected to begin later this summer or early fall. Work will take 4-6 months depending on weather. The work will require the closure of the runway and staff is working with the FAA to be allowed to use the taxiway as the runway for smaller aircraft.