Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Strother Field (KWLD) among airports receiving improvement funds

TOPEKA, Kansas — Thirty-two projects have been selected for Kansas Airport Improvement Program (KAIP) funding for the purpose of planning, constructing or rehabilitating public use general aviation airports. Strother Field in Winfield is one of the projects and will receive $288,000 to construct new taxi lanes to new hangars.

KAIP receives $5 million annually through the IKE transportation program and requires airport sponsors to share in the project costs by paying a minimum of 5 percent of the total project.

“Aviation currently represents $20.6 billion in total economic impact for the State of Kansas,” Gov. Laura Kelly said. “Working together, the Kansas Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration and local communities are enhancing the safety of our transportation infrastructure and expanding this economic impact.”

The selection board prioritized airport improvements that deliver the most significant impact across the entire state. Most of these projects contribute to flight safety or positive economic impact for their region.

“Aviation is a particularly important mode of transportation for Kansas industry and the delivery of healthcare services and disaster relief,” Transportation Secretary Julie Lorenz said. “These airport improvements are a few of many important efforts to empower aviation economic growth across our entire state.”

“KDOT’s Division of Aviation reviewed 93 project applications this year with a combined total project value of over $27 million,” director of aviation Bob Brock said. “The 32 projects we’ve selected will have positive impacts on the health, safety and economy of our state.”

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