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A History of Austin's Newest General Aviation Airport
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Chapter 9
the contractor so much as touched a dirt clod,
I wanted Johney on-site supervising. In my
mind Johney had two tasks: 1) to ensure that
the engineering specifications were followed
to the letter, and 2) to coordinate density
testing for each lift of backfill with Rodriguez
Before any actual work got done, Atmos
Energy and Bobcat Contractors and I spent
weeks negotiating who would do what. Finally,
in late May, Bobcat Contractors made a pair of
neat cuts in the taxiway and runway. Then they
hauled in several dozers to tear up and haul
away 3.5 inches of asphalt, 19 inches of high-
dollar P209 rock base and below that, 13 inch-
es of lime-treated soil, before finally trenching
out the uncompacted dirt which now resem-
bled a dark brown chocolate pudding.
Weeks later I got a somewhat pointed e-
mail from Airport Manager Jim Craig outlin-
ing his concerns: that the job was taking way
too long, that Bobcat Contractors' estimate
of a three week project was laughable (three
months was more like it), that the current
trench dug around the two gas pipelines had
subsequently filled with water from a couple
of recent Texas gushers, and that as of this
moment not a single worker was on-site. In
Photo taken May 2010. Construction crews remove the runway and taxiway asphalt, rock base, lime treated
soil, and uncompacted soil around the pipelines. Photo courtesy of David Hannah III.