The Graham Municipal Airport s fueling station, pictured above, will soon have a concrete expansion that will allow aircraft to pull up and away from the
The Graham Municipal Airport s fueling station, pictured above, will soon have a concrete expansion that will allow aircraft to pull up and away from the pumps under their own power. Currently planes have to be towed away from the pumps. The expansion will also serve as preliminary infrastructure for new hangars at the airport. (Casey Holder)

Infrastructure for new hangars at the Graham Municipal Airport will soon be in the works as Graham City Council accepted a bid to add an estimated $28,215 concrete expansion to the fueling ramp at the city-owned airport.

The 6-inch thick reinforced concrete expansion will connect the airport’s existing taxiway to the new hangers, airport manager Will Butler said.  

The expansion will also allow aircraft to pull up to and away from the facility’s fueling station under their own power, Butler explained. Currently, planes have to be towed away from the station after refueling. 

The project also addresses water drainage issues at the facility.

Upon completion of the expansion, half the total cost of the project, approximately $14,000, will be reimbursed by the Texas Department of Transportation through the agency’s Routine Airport Maintenance Program. 

“So we put in $5 and we can get $10 worth of work out of it,” City Manager David Casteel explained.

The project will be included in the city’s general budget for the 2014 fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30. City administrators and elected officials are currently in the late stages of developing Graham’s 2015 budget. 

City aldermen voted 5-0 to award the project to the lowest of three bidders during their Aug. 14 meeting at city hall. 

“We contacted three local contractors who gave us bids on this,” Casteel said. “Our estimate was $26,000. The low bid was from Randy’s Concrete here in Graham, Texas, at $4.18 per square foot, which would put them about $28,000 based on square footage. The next lowest bid was $4.28, and the third bid was $6 per square foot.”

Randy’s Concrete has done satisfactory work for the city before, Casteel said. 

This project marks the first of many planned for the airport over the next five years. In February, city council voted to hire consultants from McKinney to establish a three-year maintenance program and a five-year capital improvement plan for the facility. The plans take advantage of TxDOT funding made available to airports throughout the state. 

Read the entire story in Wednesday's Graham Leader.