Cuellar announces airport funding

Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) announced an award of $508,000 to the Pleasanton Municipal Airport. This includes $457,200 from the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which comes through Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) discretionary funding. The award will be used for improvements to the airport’s facilities, increasing safety and efficiency.

The FAA’s AIP aims to provide funding for the planning and development of public-use airports of domestic and international significance. State discretionary funding under this program indicates TxDOT’s acknowledgement that the project was a high priority for Texas. Pleasanton Municipal Airport will add $50,800 in local matching funds for a combined total of $508,000.

The funds announced today will allow the airport to implement measures, which include design and construction for pavement improvements. Specifically, these improvements will add slurry seals, fix cracked seals, and update necessary markings. These airport upgrades will increase the safety and capacity of aircraft and ensure the efficient movement of cargo and passenger air traffic.

“This grant represents a federal investment for the well-being of our citizens,” said Congressman Cuellar. “These federal funds announced today will allow the Pleasanton Municipal Airport to make much-needed updates to its infrastructure, enabling safe and efficient movement of air traffic. I thank Mayor Travis Hall Jr., FAA, TxDOT, the City of Pleasanton and the Pleasanton Municipal Airport for their contributions to this important effort.”

“The City Council and I are grateful to Congressman Henry Cuellar for his support of the City of Pleasanton and our municipal airport. This capital improvement grant awarded to the city is going to provide much needed runway enhancements that will improve aviation safety and save local tax payers tens of thousands of dollars,” said Pleasanton Mayor Travis Hall. The Pleasanton Municipal Airport is a city-owned and operated airport and is open to the public. Arrivals and departures from community airports account for more than three million flight hours per year and provide aircraft facilities for agricultural, medical, business and commuter use.

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