Abilene Regional Airport looks to improve with proposed 2015 bond election project

ABILENE, Texas - The Abilene Regional Airport is looking to improve its interior and parts of its exterior with the proposed $14 million project.

The newly-formed bond committee listened to the proposed plan that included upgrading bathrooms, replacing jet bridges and improving the airport's landscaping. Don Green, director of aviation at Abilene Regional Airport, said they've carefully selected the projects they want to be considered.

"We've been fairly careful about what we're proposing and making sure that they are things that affect either the operation of the airport or the impression of the airport," Green said.

Green said the city will also benefit from the changes made to the airport.

"Having a good regional impression on people that are traveling into our area helps with economic development, helps attract businesses, and then of course we want passengers to fly out of Abilene," Green said.

Here's a look at some of the price tags on the proposed projects:

Jet bridges - $900,000

Light poles - $45,000

Restrooms - $600,000

Interior lighting - $200,000

Fire station generator (only powers one third of the station now) - $20,000

Land for development - $3,500,000

Gate seating - $50,000

Landscaping - $150,000

Capital grant matches and pre-funding - $9,200,000

All bond proposals are still in the early stages, they won't make it on the ballot until next year.

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