A lone Bobcat moved dirt around the construction site at the Wichita Falls Municipal Airport on Tuesday, while the mountains of mud sat towering above the roads below. Large-scale construction has been on hold until the ground can dry out from Monday's rain.
Wichita Falls Director of Aviation, Traffic and Transportation John Burrus said, "You get a days worth of rain on it, its going to take a day or 2 for it to dry out and when it's cooler it's more difficult for it to dry out."
Work was also delayed at the Downtown Travel Center on Monday, but was back on Tuesday. Burrus said because the foundation is down at the Travel Center, workers aren't moving as much dirt and can continue working.
Planning on rain delays may seem unusual in our current drought, but it is something contractors plan for. Burrus said, "We do have weather days built into these projects. Will we be using those weather days at the end of the project? Its really still too early to tell. It really comes down to scheduling; whether they want to bring people in on weekends, work them late and such."
Burrus said he expects both projects to be completed on time and on budget, with the Travel Center open by this summers Hotter 'N Hell and the Airport open by November, 2014.