Manhattan City Commission to see final plans for $47.2 million runway project

MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) — The City of Manhattan Commission is reviewing final plans for a $47.2 million runway reconstruction project at Manhattan Regional Airport. The presentation will take place during its meeting on Tuesday evening.

The City of Manhattan is expected to pay $4.4 million for the track. More than 90% of the project is funded by the federal government. The Federal Aviation Administration pays for 100 feet of the 150-foot-wide runway with other federal grants covering the rest.

Airport manager Brandon Keazer said maintaining that 150 feet was important because of the charter planes used by Kansas State University and Fort Riley.

“All of K-State’s football charters, all of their sports charters, the ones that K-State can’t operate on commercial planes that fly to and from here, American Airlines will bring a charter,” Keazer said. . “Just recently we’ve had about 17 charters from Fort Riley, larger 737s and more flying out of Manhattan.”

Construction of the causeway is expected to begin in April 2023 and last until August. Keazer said they will work in phases to minimize the impact on flights, but there will be a month and a half when there will be no flights to or from the airport.

The project will once again have to come back to the Manhattan City Commission for final approval, but Keazer said it’s unclear when that will happen. The FAA must first approve the plan and give the go-ahead to start looking for deals.

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