Reconstruction of the Manhattan Regional Airport Runway & Taxiway is one of the six projects dedicated to the 0.3% sales tax initiative on the ballot November 5, 2019.
The existing runway is nearing the end of its useful life and needs to be reconstructed. The 2013 airfield pavement management report conducted by the Department of Defense indicated that the condition of the runway pavement ranges from serious, to very poor, to fair. Pavement shoulders are recommended for runways accommodating larger aircraft and are included in the project.
The taxiway connecting aircraft from the terminal apron to runway is also in very poor condition and in need of complete reconstruction. The 2014 pavement condition index study (provided by KDOT) scored the pavement at 11-40 out of possible 100, indicating that major rehabilitation is needed. Almost all of the panels in this concrete pavement have medium to high severity cracks. A number of cracks have loose particles, which are creating debris and are hazardous to aircraft.
The design and construction of this project is eligible for Airport Improvement Program funds from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) at a 90/10 cost share; where the City will only pay a 10% local share.
In 2018, MHK again saw a record number of enplanements (over 70,000). American Airlines provides daily flights to Chicago and Dallas, and in recent years has increased seat capacity to both hubs with larger aircraft flying to Dallas and a third daily flight to Chicago.