Construction has begun on a new T-hangar at the Storm Lake Municipal Airport. Crews began initial work this week. The project is expected to be completed next spring.
Chair of the airport commission, Robert Ohrlund, said that while grading work is beginning, the steel for the hangar could take up to three months to arrive.
Since some of the materials will not arrive yet, there will be delays in some of the concrete work to lessen the chance of heavy machinery cracking any new areas.
Also, improvements are being carried out on a small portion of the taxiway, which should be completed by the end of the month, Ohrlund said.
The cost of the T-hangar and taxiway projects is approximately $220,000. The airport commission did receive a $50,000 grant from the Iowa Department of Transportation for the construction of the hangar.
Out of the four city-owned hangars, the newest one was constructed in 1978, Ohrlund said, with the oldest being constructed in 1968. Over the years, he said the hangers have brought in $350,000 to the city. Ohrlund also proposed that by raising current hangar fees and fuel costs, in addition to revenue from a new hanger, the new hangar would pay for itself.
There are approximately 14,000 takeoffs and landings at the Storm Lake Municipal Airport per year, Ohrlund said.