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The Kansas Department of Transportation recently announced that a project to extend the runway at Phillipsburg’s Municipal Airport has been selected for funding.
The airport will receive $332,500 through the Kansas Airport Improvement Program to design a 600-foot runway extension. The city’s local match will be $33,250.
Phillipsburg Public Works Director Tim Driggs informed the city council about the grant on Monday and said he will begin working with a design firm on a proposal and will have contracts prepared for the council within the next month.
According to a news release, KAIP receives $5 annually through the T-WORKS transportation program. KDOT’s Division of Aviation, which manages the program, considered 113 applications this year with a combined total project value of more than $27 million.
“Transportation provides access to all things important in our lives and aviation is a particularly important mode of transportation for Kansas industry,” Julie Lorenz, Secretary of Transportation, said in the news release. “These airport improvements are a few of the many important efforts to empower aviation economic growth across our entire state.”
Twenty-three projects across the state were selected for funding. The selection board identified $4.2 million of improvements to address the top 15 percent most impactful airport improvements state-wide.
“Aviation represents $20.6 billion in total economic impact for the State of Kansas,” said Bob Brock, KDOT Director of Aviation. “We’ve assessed the remaining $23.5 million of needs and are working with communities to identify best-value strategic improvements through KAIP.”
Communities selected for funding and amount awarded include: