TxDOT grants county quarter million for Marfa airport improvements
March 2nd, 2017 under Top Stories
MARFA — The Texas Transportation Commission approved more than $240 thousand in grant funds for pavement improvements at the Marfa Municipal Airport during its February meeting.
The $246,667 project will be funded in part by Presidio County and the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) Aviation Facilities Grant Program.
The pavement improvement project comes months after the Federal Aviation Administration cancelled landing procedures at the Marfa Airport, effectively temporarily closing the Marfa airport to large jets in late November last year.
TxDOT annually provides more than $50 million in funding for planning, constructing and maintaining community airports around the Lone Star State. The Texas Transportation Commission also funded $800,000 in improvements to the Marfa airport’s electronic and lighting systems this past July.
The Marfa Municipal Airport is considered an important economic engine for the city and county. In addition to revenue from fuel sales, studies have estimated that every plane landing at the airport generates roughly $600 in local spending.