Three Airport Change Orders Approved Due to Drought

- As Texomans continue to feel the affects of the drought, city officials are shifting some funds around to make up for the loss in rain.

Wichita Falls city councilors approved three change orders in the soon to be Wichita Falls Regional Airport budget.

The airport plans called for hundreds of thousands of dollars of landscaping that, because of the drought, can no longer be done.

“We had about 350,000 dollars in landscaping that was going to go towards trees and shrubs. So instead of giving that money back to the FAA, we're going to try and find other uses for it. Subsequently that's why we had change orders,” says Director of Aviation, Traffic and Transportation John Burrus.

That money will now be used for other airport projects. Twenty-nine acres of land will also have to be reseeded when the rains pick up. The first round of grass would not take due to the outdoor watering ban.

Burrus says construction has been on time and he expects the new terminal to be opened by Thanksgiving.

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