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Thursday, September 05, 2013
 
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Aviation Department Receives $12 Million in FAA Grants for Airport Projects


The City of Kansas City, Mo., Aviation Department has received grants from the Federal Aviation Administration for projects at Kansas City International Airport and Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. Totaling $11,933,057, the grants will help fund airfield rehabilitation and safety enhancements.

At KCI, a grant totaling $5,054,051 will go toward the $6,738,735 rehabilitation of Taxiway A, with the Aviation Department funding the difference. The objective of the project is to extend the useful life of the airfield pavement for the safety of the traveling public and aircraft operators. The FAA typically funds 75 percent of airfield improvement project costs at KCI.

At Downtown Airport, the FAA has provided a grant of $4,227,979 toward the $4,697,755 third phase of the rehabilitation of the airports taxiway system. The Aviation Department will fund the $469,776 difference. The objective of the project is to make necessary repairs to extend the life of the taxiway systemís pavement for the safety of aircraft operators and their passengers. Repairs include electrical improvements and pavement markings.

Also at Downtown Airport, the Aviation Department will build a new 4,300 square-foot Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting vehicle storage facility. The FAA will provide a grant of $2,651,027 toward the $2,945,586 project, with the Aviation Department funding the $294,558 balance. The facility will feature a two-lane apparatus (truck) bay, multipurpose room, storage room, Information Technology room, work area, and restrooms. The Kansas City Fire Department will use the facility when responding to aircraft emergencies at the airport.

The FAA typically funds 90 percent of airfield improvement project costs at Downtown Airport.

The Kansas City Airport System is an Enterprise Fund Department of the City of Kansas City, Mo., and is supported wholly by airport user charges. No general tax fund revenues are used for the administration, promotion, operation, or maintenance of the airports in the system. Visit www.flykci.com for more information.
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