$4.3 million Mid-Way Regional Airport expansion begins
The Ellis County Press
MIDLOTHIAN – A very chilly Friday morning with below freezing temps didn’t stop the ground breaking ceremony for Mid-way Regional Airport.
Mid-Way Regional Airport, jointly owned by the cities of Midlothian and Waxahachie, has been under several grounds of controversy from back and forth law suits about leaking airport hangers, illegal contracts, to allegations of board members taking vacations to the Nay Company Condo untimely helping lead to former Manager Cam Fearis’ resignation.
The runway expansion will bring the runway to 6,500x100 ft. from the current 5,000x75 ft. The parallel taxiway will be lengthened to match and all the airport lighting and electrical systems will be replaced.
In addition to the expansion, all of the pavement at the airport will get a fresh overlay, increasing its weight bearing capacity to support an expanding role.
"I remember when 287 was a one-way highway," said Congressman Joe Barton –R, Ennis.
"The expansion of this runway is a vision for many representatives and community leaders alike from the expression seen Jan.8.
"I envision this airport as the Addison of the South within the next 25 years," said Waxahachie Mayor Ron Wilkinson.
Mayor Boyce Whatley said the city has gone a long way since first elected in 99’.
"We have water and sewage all the way to the airport now," said Whatley.
The project’s cost has been up at arms since two different total price quotes were given at Midlothian and Waxahachie council meetings respectively .
"The cost was going to be over $8 million dollars but since the economy is the way it is, we were able to get the same work done for only $4.3 million with 95 percent of that paid for by the Federal Aviation Agency," said Airport Manager Andy Biery.
"The other five percent is split and paid for by the cities of Waxahachie and Midlothian,"said Biery.
When approached with what the airport is going to do with the extra taxpayer money set aside, Biery wasn’t sure since everything has to be approved and discussed first.
"I would like to use it to spruce up the place a bit ya know? Make it look more professional," said Biery.