Twenty-seven projects have been selected to receive funding to enhance safety and service at public-use airports in the state through the Kansas Airport Improvement Program.

The Kansas Department of Transportation's Division of Aviation, which manages the program, received 95 applications for projects totaling more than $35 million. Recognizing the needs of continued investment in aviation infrastructure, the 2010 Kansas Legislature passed the T-WORKS Transportation Program, and gave the Kansas Airport Improvement Program (KAIP) a funding level of $5 million a year.

"Each year the project selection process becomes more competitive," said Jesse R. Romo, KDOT Director of Aviation. "The projects selected have a great geographic spread across the state and continue to preserve our airport system to a level that's beneficial to the communities."

Under guidelines of the program, project sponsors are required to pay a minimum of 10 percent of the total project costs, up to a maximum of 50 percent based on project category.
The following is a list of the FY 2015 airport improvement projects and the funding requested:

Western Kansas
Dodge City - Maintain airfield pavements, $9,000
Hoxie - Design reconstruction of runway, $175,750
Hutchinson - Reconstruct ramp areas, $78,138
Osborne - Repair and Overlay Runway, $825,390
Leoti - Repair and overlay runways and ramp, $612,000
Lincoln - Design new runway, $123,500
Montezuma - Reconstruct taxiway section, $170,910
Norton - Tower obstruction mitigation, $22,500
Pratt - Repair and seal taxiways, $162,090
Syracuse - Overlay and remark runway and taxi lane, $646,785
Tribune - Repair and mark runway, taxiway and ramp, $234,567

Eastern Kansas
Fort Scott - Reconstruct ramp, $58,500
Fredonia - Airport Development Plan Phase II, $38,000
Hillsboro - Seal and remark runway, $104,400
Osage City - Repair, seal and mark airfield pavements; replace aprons, $343,800
Neodesha - Seal and mark airfield pavements, $256,500
Olathe New Century - Repair and seal transient ramp, $260,010
Olathe Johnson County - Repair and seal apron, $180,315
Pittsburg - Remove trees in approach area, $96,489
Pleasanton - Airport Development Plan Phase II, $47,500
Wamego - Repair and overlay runway, $212,400
Washington - Repair Airfield Pavements, $69,000

Greater Wichita Area
Augusta - Repair ramp and improve drainage, $225,000
Rose Hill - Seal and mark runway and taxiways; construct taxiway and ramp, $281,700
Benton - Repair taxiways and mid-field turnaround, $50,850