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Airports in northwestern Kansas among them receive state grants

Governor’s office

TOPEKA – Governor Laura Kelly today announced that 66 airport projects across the state have been selected for Kansas Airport Improvement Program funding for the planning, construction or rehabilitation of public-use general aviation airports.

Several airports in northwestern Kansas were among those receiving funding.

“Whether it’s airplane manufacturing, a link in supply chain logistics or travel, Kansas’ aerospace industry is an essential part of our state’s economy,” Kelly said. “These grants ensure the safety and longevity of Kansas airports, all while contributing to economic growth and job creation.”

The aviation industry accounts for more than $20.6 billion in economic impact across a broad spectrum of supply chains and manufacturing industries in Kansas.

“Every mode of transportation is a link to the economic vitality of the state,” said Calvin Reed, secretary of transportation. “These airport improvements are just a few of many important efforts to boost the aviation industry throughout Kansas.”

KAIP typically receives $5 million annually through the bipartisan Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program and requires airport sponsors to participate in project costs by paying a minimum of 5% of the total project. This year, the program has awarded more than $11 million to 66 approved projects, for a total project value of nearly $14.4 million.

The Kansas Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation has received 153 applications for a total project value of more than $66 million for this round of KAIP grants. The projects were evaluated for their impact on flight safety, economic growth and regional benefits.

“We are grateful to meet 22 percent of the total requested airport improvements this year,” said Bob Brock, Division Director of Aviation, Kansas Department of Transportation. “We look forward to new and continued partnerships with aviation stakeholders to achieve stronger aviation infrastructure for the future.”

Approved 2023 Kansas Airport Improvement Program Projects:

  • Allen County – Replace Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS), $153,000; taxiway rehabilitation, $157,500
  • Amelia Earhart, City of Atchison– Build an Automated Gate, $42,075
  • Chanute – North Forecourt Reconstruction, $424,570; perimeter fence, $180,000
  • Cheyenne County – Replace AWOS system, $153,000
  • Coffeyville – Crack Seal and Lookout Trail, $42,750 Design, $229,500 Build
  • Colonel James Jabara, Wichita – Taxiway relocation/expansion, $114,000 design, $800,160 build
  • Comanche County – Preserve concrete runway, $19,000 design, $225,000 build
  • Cook Airfield, Rose Hill – Used Jet A truck, $30,000; electric hose reel for MOGAS pump, $3,000; Parking ramp, $148,500; sidewalk repairs, $18,000
  • Jack Thomas Memorial, El Dorado – Replace fuel system, $10,800
  • Elkhart Morton County – Rehabilitate Terminal Building, $29,750
  • Fort Scott Municipal – Taxiway Rehabilitation, $57,600
  • Gardner – Taxiway, $47,500 design, $99,000 build
  • Garnett – Replace Fuel System, $90,000; terminal rehabilitation, $15,300
  • Great Bend Municipal – Replace primary wind cone, $5,588
  • Harper Municipal – Replace fuel farm card reader, $21,250
  • Hays Regional – Pavement Repair Materials, $25,500; upgrade security and access gates, $21,250; ARFF station gate automation, $17,000
  • Hugoton Municipal – AWOS upgrade, $5,700 design; $165,600 build; fuel dispenser, $4,750 design, $40,950 build
  • Hutchinson Regional – Install wildlife digging barrier for perimeter fence, $32,504
  • Independence Municipal – Airport Beacon/Tower, $23,750 Design, $112,500 Build
  • Johnson County Executive – Pavement Maintenance Materials, $13,600; southwest fence, $129,600; north fence, $156,150
  • Kinsley Municipal – Fuel Farm Card Reader, $13,500
  • Lawrence Regional – Airport Master Plan Update, $360,000; apron rehabilitation, $130,500 design, $800,000 build; track extension, $99,750 design
  • Lyons-Rice County Municipal – Power System. $23,750 design, $282,600 build
  • Mark Hoard Memorial, Leoti–AWOS III, $163,764
  • Medicine Lodge – AWOS Upgrade, $5,700 Design, $165,600 Build
  • Montezuma Municipal – Seal, Patch, Overlay & Striped Walkway, $792,700
  • Moundridge Municipal – Resurface runway, $720,000
  • New Century Air Center, Johnson County – Airport Electrical Vault Building, $89,300 design, $338,400 build; rehabilitation of central portion of west apron, $133,000 design, $800,000 construction; maintenance materials, $13,600
  • Norton Municipal – Replace and Transfer AWOS, $153,000
  • Oakley Municipal – Replace beacon and tower, $76,500
  • Pratt Regional – Apron and Hangar Area Rehabilitation, $59,850 engineering, $653,400 construction
  • Shalz Field, Colby – Self-Serve Fuel Pump Card Station, $16,200
  • Syracuse-Hamilton County – Fuel system replacement, $66,500, design, build $486,000; replace AWOS, $121,500
  • Tribune Municipal – Remove telecommunications tower to mitigate runway obstruction, $72,000
  • Wamego Municipal – Airport Development Plan/Master Plan (Phase II), $66,500; rebuild the apron and connecting taxiway, $468,000
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