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:
- Atwood – Backup generator for airfield lighting and Automated Weather Observing System -- $27,000
- Benton – 15 additional parking pads along taxiway -- $45,360
- Colby – Airfield drainage and grading -- $104,250
- Colby – Install Automated Weather Observing System -- $91,800
- Gardner – Campus redesign, tech survey and business and economic plan -- $178,600
- Goodland – Construct taxiway replacement -- $310,612
- Hugoton – Crack seal, seal coat and re-mark runway -- $212,750
- Hutchinson – Crack seal, seal coat and re-mark taxiway, aprons and taxilane -- $263,400
- Independence – Remove and replace runway markings -- $212,250
- Newton – Install precision approach path indicators -- $158,500
- Olathe/Johnson County – Materials for minor maintenance -- $7,500
- Olathe/New Century – Mill and overlay north half of hangar apron -- $216,000
- Parsons – Two 10,000-gallon fuel tanks (Jet-A & 100LL) and card reader -- $225,000
- Phillipsburg – 600 feet runway extension design -- $332,500
- Pratt – Two 10,000-gallon fuel tanks (Jet-A & 100LL) -- $200,000
- Rose Hill – Move electrical vault -- $41,650
- Rose Hill – Lighting for taxiways -- $85,680
- Rose Hill – Aeronautical survey for instrument approach -- $66,500
- Rose Hill – Precision approach path indicator and windsock -- $38,610
- Rose Hill – Update master plan -- $28,500
- Salina – Rehabilitate pavement K-State Polytechnic apron -- $103,320
- Satanta – Crack seal, seal coat and re-mark runway -- $141,530
- Scott City – Install Automated Weather Observing System -- $100,980
- Smith Center – Construct partial parallel taxiway -- $28,225
- Tribune – Install Automated Weather Observing System -- $158,750
- Ulysses – Install Automated Weather Observing System, segmented circle and wind-cone -- $417,000
- Wellington – Repair Automated Weather Observing System -- $108,900
- Wichita/James Jabara – Runway slab replacement and patching -- $344,000