The Texas Transportation Commission approved approximately $500,000 for Madisonville Municipal Airport at its February meeting.
“The grant is another step towards the Airport better serving the community,” said Madisonville city manager Camilla Viator. “The runway will be painted and sealed. The apron will be repaired and expanded to provide more plane tie-downs and better access to fuel pumps.”
This year alone, TxDOT expects to provide approximately $60 million in funding for planning, constructing and maintaining community airports. Roughly 275 community airports like Madisonville’s in the state of Texas are eligible for state funding.
The improvement funds will mainly be used for pavement improvements and the project will bid this spring. Project costs will be funded through the city of Madisonville and TxDOT’s Aviation Facilities Grant Program, which strives to preserve and improve the state’s general aviation system. Arrivals and departures from community airports account for more than three million flight hours every year and provide aircraft facilities for agricultural, medical, business and commuter use.
The Madisonville Municipal Airport is a city-owned airport located about four miles off FM 1452 East. It serves corporate, governmental, recreational, residential, student and private pilot activities. The airport continues to be an essential component in the economic development of the City of Madisonville and Madison County.