By TSB Staff
McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller called July 26 a “great day” for McKinney and Collin County as guests and officials watched the first take-off at the Collin County Regional Airport’s new runway.
Those on hand included representatives from the office of U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson, Collin County Commissioners Court members, McKinney City Council members, and mayors and city managers from Collin County cities.
The runway, which is 7,002 feet long and 150 feet wide, has a weight-bearing capacity of 450,000 pounds. It is part of a $71 million improvment plan. It is the largest single development project in Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Aviation history. The airport’s executive director, Ken Weigand, told the crowd that the project included 53 thousand tons of concrete, 25 miles of electrical wire and 7 acres of paint for the runway and taxi markers.
For TSB’s story from the first take-off, please click here.
The project was later dedicated on Nov. 9, and TSB’s story from that ceremony is right here.
Town Square Buzz is looking back at the most newsworthy events of 2012 with our top-10 countdown that runs from Dec. 22-31. The complete list, with links included, will be included at the bottom of every story in case you miss one and would like to go back to it.
TSB’s Top News Stories of 2012
5. Collin County Regional Airport Opens New Runway, Celebrates First Flight
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