TxDOT Aviation Gillespie County Airport Pavement, Electrical Improvements, Fredericksburg, TX

TxDOT Aviation Gillespie County Airport Pavement, Electrical Improvements, Fredericksburg, TX

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Engineering/design services for capital improvements at Gillespie County Airport. Improvements included the rehabilitation of the airside pavements; marking the runway, taxiway and aprons; replacement of the medium-intensity runway lights along Runway 14-32; construction of a new helicopter apron and installation of game-proof fencing. RPS prepared the preliminary engineering report, preliminary design, drainage analysis, final design, bidding- and construction-phase services.

Gillespie County airport primarily serves private pilots and business jets. The proposed helicopter apron can accommodate two CH-47 Chinook Helicopters. The Chinook is an American twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter, and its primary roles include troop movement, artillery emplacement and battlefield resupply.

During the 2011 wildfires in Central Texas, Gillespie County Airport served as a base of operations for the Texas Forest Services Aerial Fire Support Team.  This included three retardant bombers and a helicopter that provided support to local fire fighters.