Tyler, TX — During their regularly held meeting on Wednesday, July 11, the Tyler City Council unanimously voted to accept a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) totaling $7,605,000 for the new Taxiway Kilo construction and environmental assessments to reconstruct runway 4/22 at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport. The grant will pay 90 percent of all eligible expenses related to this runway safety improvement project.
“These funds will be used to address needed maintenance and safety improvements at Tyler Pounds Regional Airport,” said City Manager Mark McDaniel. “We are pleased to see this award as quality transportation services are very important for boosting local economic growth.”
The reconstruction of runway 4/22 is a priority project within the Airport Master Plan due to the age of the pavement section exceeding 20 years. Additionally the runway weight capacity is below anticipated activity levels forecasted within the next five years.
The project also includes construction of Taxiway Kilo, which comes from a recommendation in the Master Plan to construct a full-length parallel taxiway along the western side of Runway 17/35 to enable a safe and expeditious transition of aircraft to and from the runway and other airport facilities. The project will reduce taxiing distances for the commercial carriers and improve safety standards on the airfield. The project is also the second step toward opening land on the airport for future corporate and industrial development opportunities.
“The airport’s hangar space and the land available for future airside development is fully occupied, so all future growth for general aviation and aviation industrial facilities will rely on this project moving forward,” said Airport Manager Davis Dickson. “In addition to the improvements to the airfield, this work will help create jobs and bolster the airport’s role as a key economic engine for the East Texas Region.”
The City of Tyler advertised a Notice requesting quotations for the Taxiway Kilo Construction Project in the local newspaper, sent notifications to contractors and subcontractors known to perform this type of work, and displayed plans and specifications at local plan rooms. Proposed bids were accepted until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, 2012.
Bids were reviewed and it was recommended that the project be awarded to Reynolds & Kay, Ltd. and the Council approved.
“This new taxiway project will address the future needs of the airport, and is very important to the growth of Tyler,” said Mayor Barbara Bass.
The Texas Department of Transportation reports that capital expenditures just for infrastructure and airport improvements from 2006 – 2010 generated $22.5 million in economic activity. In 2010 the overall economic impact of the airport on East Texas was approximately $66,139,902.
Tyler Pounds Regional Airport is served by American Airlines to DFW Airport and United Airlines to Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport.