While Easterwood Airport officials keep their eye on Capitol Hill for one source of funding, another big check has come through.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $2.28 million to the College Station airport. Those funds will go towards the extension of a taxiway and other improvements.
“By making improvements to Easterwood, we can improve the local economy and enhance quality of life for Brazos County families,” District 17 Congressman Chet Edwards said in a press release announcing the grant. “Through federal grants such as this, Easterwood Airport is able to better serve Texas A&M and the community, improve the local economy, and keep meeting high safety and performance standards.”
It's been a month since local leaders with the Chamber of Commerce delegation made their case to the Texas congressional delegation in Washington, asking for any help with the Federal Aviation Administration's reauthorization bill. That passed the House in September 2007.
Last month, the Senate did not take the bill up. If it isn't taken up in the next few weeks, the current bill would likely be extended for another year, which likely means similar funding through the FAA for Easterwood.