Council advances runway extension

By Erika Pedroza | Published Saturday, August 10, 2013

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A project to extend the runway at Bridgeport Municipal Airport moved forward Tuesday.

At its regular meeting, the city council dedicated 85.15 acres and granted an avigation (arial navigation) easement on 62.81 acres south of the airport for the unobstructed use and passage of all types of aircraft.

The two actions were routine items, but they were needed to get the project, which was initiated more than five years ago, back up and running.

In April 2008, the city purchased 311 acres south of Bridgeport Municipal airport for the proposed runway extension. The project included using 36 acres to extend the runway and 36 for the approach to the runway.

In September 2010, the council adopted a resolution for the implementation of improvements, and three months later executed a participation agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).

The engineering and design phase has been completed. Construction should begin late this year.


The council also:

  • swore in newly appointed councilmember Jimmy Meyers to fill a vacancy after Kevin Lopez resigned from place 3.
  • declared Sunday, Aug. 11, as underground damage prevention day. Officials encourage property owners to call 811 before doing any digging or excavation to have pipeline operators come out and locate and mark their lines.
  • extended to Dec. 1 2015, an agreement with Wise County Pee Wee Football Association for use of Lawdwin Ball Fields. WCPWFA provides field marking, field maintenance assistance, equipment, opening/closing concession stand and picking up trash while the city provides the field, a scoreboard, concession stand, restrooms, bleachers and use of the Fred Meyers Banquet Hall five times a year.
  • voted to incorporate TxDOT’s definition of “hangar residency” in the city’s airport rules and regulations. TxDOT defines long-term residential use as occurring when either an owner or tenant lists the hangar address as a primary/permanent residence or resides overnight more than 180 days in a calendar year.
  • reviewed the July 18 through Aug. 6 payment report in the amount of $606,236.89.
  • approved the minutes from the regular July 16 meeting and special meeting July 25 and Aug. 1.
  • The Bridgeport City Council will hold a budget workshop 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13, at City Hall. Their next regular meeting is Tuesday, Aug. 20.

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