A contract for the project is expected to be awarded this winter. The project is being funded through the Texas Dept. of Transportation’s Aviation Facilities Grant Program, which preserves and improves the state’s general aviation system, including the Hale County Airport.

This year, TxDOT expects to provide approximately $60 million in funding for planning, constructing and maintaining community airports. Approximately 275 community airports in Texas are eligible for funding.

The Texas Transportation Commission approved approximately $113,000 to make improvements to the Hale County Airport in Lubbock. The funds will be used for planned airport enhancements that include the engineering and design work for pavement improvements.