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A History of Austin's Newest General Aviation Airport
W. H
Chapter 4
near an abandoned fence line. We drove up
to a barbed wire fence and all of us gawked at
the Lew Adams property, 50 acres of burgeon-
ing foot-tall corn stalks. Sitting in the bed of
the truck, we talked in muffled voices. Tre
pointed to where the new $18 million runway
would go, and the $3.1 million in hangars, and
the $1.6 million terminal and FBO structure.
As we traversed the north end of the pitted
runway, I shouted for Tim to stop the truck.
I saw a tiny yellow sign that read, "Pipeline."
In truth, the wording was a little more omi-
nous. Something like, "Warning Gas Pipe-
line" all in caps, bold yellow letters on a black
background. It was hard to miss. Below the
official warning was a good-natured request:
"Before digging please call..." followed by a
phone number.
Alarm bells went off inside my head and
when the noise subsided I heard a voice say,
"You can't build a runway of any size over a
pipeline." I knew trouble when I saw it and
this was trouble, yet it was also not the best
time to raise too big a fuss.
"Guys," I said. "We have a pipeline running
beneath the runway."
"That," Tre said. "Yeah, we saw that.
Shouldn't be a problem."
2007. View of badly worn asphalt runway looking north.
Photo courtesy of David Hannah III.