Improvements at Kickapoo Airport are moving right along despite a slight pushback in the completion date.
Planes continue to land and take off daily but soon, they will have smoother taxiing.
“Basically when it was our apron. It’s over 40 or 50 years old. The concrete is failing, the sub base is failing, the drainage is failing,” airport administrator Jon Waltjen said.
It’s why more than $4 million in TxDOT and matching city funds were approved for the upgrade, with work beginning in June. Construction was projected to be completed by the end of November.
“Reason being is the suppliers for the materials that the construction company needs, there’s a little bit of snag waiting on the supplies,” Waltjen says sections of the project are coming together as the concrete continues to be poured during all the good weather days.
Pilots say they couldn’t be happier to see the progress week to week.
Longtime pilots like Danny Foix say they are looking forward to the changes at the airport. Something he says will make flying from here much easier.
“It’s going to open up a little bit more, we have a bigger ramp space, makes it easier to get fuel and kind of catch up with the little bit bigger cities that have a little bit more improved facilities.” He says Kickapoo has the potential to compete with other private airports across the state.
“We have a pretty good deal right now and it’s kind of an undiscovered jewel right here,” Foix said. “I think it’s been underappreciated for a long time.”
“It’s a long awaited project,” Waltjen said. “It’s a direly needed project and it’s good to see it being done.”
Waltjen says this projects are split into 3 phases, which they anticipate to be completed by the end of January.
The city purchased the airport from private owners back in 2000.