Kansas City International & Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport Construction Update

In November 2017, Kansas City, Missouri, 75.3 percent of Kansas City resident voters approved the design and construction of a new, single terminal at Kansas City International Airport (KCI). Subsequently, a Memorandum of Understanding was drafted and approved by the City Council in February 2018. Planning, study and design are underway, with groundbreaking expected in late 2018 and completion in 2022. 

Kansas City International Airport - Taxiway B Rehabilitation Phase 2

Taxiway B is one of two parallel taxiways that serves Runway 1L-19R. This construction contract will remove and replace the 16-inch thick concrete surface pavement and underlying base and sub base courses of Taxiway B. This is the second phase of a two-phase construction program to rehabilitate this taxiway. The contract will rehabilitate the southern 4,500 feet of the length of the taxiway. Additional improvements include replacement of taxiway in-pavement and edge lighting fixtures and associated lighting cables, replacement of airfield directional signs, pavement shoulder rehabilitation and pavement markings. This work is covered by a Federal Aviation Administration Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant whereby 75 percent of the eligible costs will be reimbursed to the Aviation Department by the FAA. 

Kansas City International Airport - Post Gate 28 Redesign

Secure airfield vehicle entry points at Kansas City airports are called Post Gates. Deficiencies that occur now at Post Gate 28 are due to the lack of space necessary for property “stacking” of vehicles, which sometimes end up out on Mexico City Avenue. With this inadequate space, the need to have a rejection lane or additional pavement for contractors or airport staff to wait for escorts or access, makes this Post Gate very inefficient for daily operations. Also, with this post gate used primarily for large Aviation Department vehicles and wide equipment, there is not a redundant post gate nearby that allows for these needs. There will be new additions such as a new guard building (sized appropriately and to proper code and standards), a checkpoint canopy to protect the area from weather for improved scanning of vehicles, adequate pavement lanes and new rejection lanes. These additions will allow the new checkpoint to be the most efficient for daily operations, while having a dedicated entry and exit facility for improved mobility for Aviation staff.

Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport - Removal of Taxiway Delta

This project at Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport is to mitigate hot spots on the airfield and improve safety by removing taxiway Delta and re-grading the area. The holding position markings on taxiway D for Runways 1-19 and 3-21 are within each respective runway safety areas.

A defined “hot spot” is a location on an airport movement area with a history of potential risk of collision or runway incursion, and where heightened attention by pilots and control personnel is necessary. By identifying hot spots, it is easier for users of an airport to plan the safest possible path of movement in and around that airport. Planning is a crucial safety activity for airport users, pilots and air traffic controllers. By ensuring that aircraft surface movements are planned and properly coordinated with air traffic control, pilots add another layer of safety to their flight preparations. Proper planning helps avoid confusion by eliminating last-minute questions and building familiarity with known problem areas.

This work is covered by a FAAIP grant whereby 90 percent of the eligible costs will be reimbursed to the Aviation Department by the FAA.

Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport - Power Pole Removal in Runway Protection Zone

This project’s purpose is to mitigate obstructions near the Runway Protection Zone (RPZ) at the south end of Runway 1-19 at Charles B Wheeler Downtown Airport. It will consist of removing approximately eight overhead power poles. 

The power lines that are to be relocated underground are located at the north end of the airport, just north of the Aircraft Operations Area (AOA) fence line, within the Runway 1-19 Approach and Departure Corridor.

These power poles fall within the Runway Protection Zone (RPZ) of the approach end of Runway 1-19. The power lines will be replaced with new underground electrical service to the North Pump Station, FAA lighting building and an area near Hangar 50. This will remove any above ground conflicts for Runway 1-19, and allows the Aviation Department to file with the FAA to remove the power pole obstructions from the Airfield Layout Plan.

Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport - Re-Seal Runway 1-19 Project

The Re-Seal Runway 1-19 project is part of a continuing program to monitor and replace distressed airfield pavements at Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. The work includes the removal of the existing joint sealant, repair of the pavement joints as necessary, and resealing the existing and repaired joints. The replacement of the Portland Cement Concrete pavement joint seals is important to prevent water and debris from entering the joints. If that occurs, the pavement can crack, chip, buckle and prematurely deteriorate.  The project also includes the re-painting of the entire runway surface painted runway markings. In order to minimize the impact on tenants and users, the work is performed in a phased approach, closing Runway 1-19 for five consecutive weekends beginning on Friday nights at 10:00 p.m. and extending throughout the weekends until Monday mornings at 5:00 a.m. Both runways remain open during weekdays. The project necessitates the closure of both Runway 1-19 and Runway 3-21 for one weekend so that work can be safely and efficiently accomplished in the runway intersection. This project began in early June 2018 and was completed in early July.

Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport - Relief Well System Rehabilitation Project

The Kansas City Aviation Department maintains a system of nearly 50 relief wells at Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport. These relief wells are part of the levee system that protects the airport from flooding by alleviating water table pressure from the levee and diverting flood waters away from the levee walls. The relief well system rehabilitation has been an ongoing, phased project for the last three years. During this time, multiple relief wells have been thoroughly inspected, tested, cleaned, refurbished, and several new relief wells have been installed.

Some of the relief well work necessitates the use of drill rigs and cranes, which are considered airspace obstructions on and in the vicinity of airports. Several of the relief wells requiring work are located in the runway obstacle free zones and the aircraft arrival/departure corridors. Therefore, Runway 1-19 will be closed. In order to minimize runway closures as well as inconvenience to our airport tenants and users, the relief well work in these critical areas is coordinated with the Re-Seal Runway 1-19 Project and accomplished during the weekend runway closures.

Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport - West Side Electrical Upgrade Project 

The purpose of this project is to install new electrical conduits to connect the Broadway Switchgear to the existing pad mounted switchgear for the Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport T-Hangar Complex and Atlantic Aviation (along Lou Holland Drive). The West Side Electrical Upgrade Project is another multi-phase project that began earlier this year and is a 270-calendar day project. This project consists of removing underground and overhead electrical power lines that are routed beneath the Buck O’Neil Bridge (Broadway Bridge) and around Lou Holland Drive on the south and west sides of Downtown Airport. Existing outmoded lighting poles and structures will be removed. The infrastructure will be replaced with new buried conduit lines, lighting poles, and structures. The project also includes installing new pad mounted switchgears along the route. 

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 FlyMKC.com and FlyKCI.com for more information. Find KCI on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Downtown Airport can also be found on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.



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