WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Construction is finally underway on a large two-phase project at Kickapoo Downtown Airport in Wichita Falls, after being delayed this spring.
On Friday, flights were coming and going just like normal. However, things were a little bit different with construction going on.
The project has pilots and workers excited about the future.
Phase one has begun which will include an apron expansion and storm water drainage improvements to fix the flooding problems.
Phase two, which is set to begin in 2019, will reconstruct the taxiway near the private row of hangers.
One local pilot said he has seen the flooding issues improve and is happy to see the taxiway being addressed.
Steve Goucher is a pilot from Dallas who was at Kickapoo Downtown Airport for the first time.
"I like to go to new places," Goucher said. "This is a new place today."
He was impressed by what he saw and heard.
"It's not too busy here," Goucher said. "Everybody was talking to each other on UNICOM and everything was really good."
Goucher said he didn't see anything that needed to be addressed.
"Everything looks like it is in good shape around here," he said. "I don't see any problems. I don't exactly know what they're doing to make improvements, but improvements are always good."
Goucher said he loves to fly and looks forward to coming back once all the work is complete.
The Wichita Falls Traffic and Aviation Department said projects like these are crucial because it is important to keep people as safe as possible while in the air.
In 2006 a master plan was laid out by the city for airport improvements. The entire project is expected to cost just under $5 million and will be paid for by a grant from the TxDOT Aviation Division.