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A History of Austin's Newest General Aviation Airport
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Chapter 8
on the shoulder and infield ditch, probably
the holding area. That should take us to
February 2010."
"February. You're sure?"
"It could be longer."
In the months that followed, Frank and his
team completed the construction drawings,
received permits from cautious city officials,
and solicited contractor bids to extend the
runway to exactly 6,025 feet, a length, accord-
ing to Frank, as close to 6,000 as possible and
consistent with Stage I runway light spacing.
Andy pushed hard for a change in contrac-
tors and when Cash Construction Company
came in with the lowest price, he had all the
ammo he needed to convince me to make a
change. I was hesitant to go with a new con-
tractor, worried, I suppose, over problems I
had no business worrying about--that the
old and new runways might not align, that
any squabbles over change orders might pale
when compared to larger and more costly ca-
tastrophes, like my contractor going belly up
halfway through the job, or a worker run over
by a turbocharged motor grader, or inspec-
tion failures or material shortages or mon-
soons or a hundred other misfortunes that
can bring a construction project of this size to
its knees. None of that happened. Not a single
worry ever came to pass. Cash Construction
Company did a startlingly first-rate job and
finished the project on time and on budget.
By October 2009 my new runway was
Then someone noticed the runway was