KINGMAN – Projects to upgrade the Kingman Airport runway and apron will be on a fast track this summer.
Security also will be enhanced.
"Bids for rebuilding the ramps near the terminal are due June 10," Brenda Chastain said.
"That project will tear up and replace 27,000 square yards of the ramp and apron near the terminal."
Chastain is the director of corporate administration for the Kingman Airport Authority, the agency that leases and operates the airport and the Kingman Industrial Park from the city of Kingman.
Financing of the ramp project will be helped by a matching Federal Aviation Administration grant.
One runway will be resurfaced this summer at an estimated cost of $500,000 with a matching grant from the Arizona Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division.
The local matching money comes from the sale of land at the airport for development of new plants.
"Not all Kingman residents are aware that we have a quality airport," Chastain said.
"Even fewer know that daily commercial flights use the Kingman Airport with connecting flights to Phoenix."
A security fence was built around the airport last year with money from the federal Department of Homeland Security.
This summer, electronic surveillance equipment will be installed around the fenced area.
The federal government is spending money on airport security as a result of the Sept.
11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
The first major road improvement project at the airport complex in recent years has been funded by state agencies and will be contracted this summer.
A $297,108 grant will pay for the reconstruction of 3,000 feet of Interstate Way from Mohave Airport Drive to Santa Fe Way.
The project would help the Cascade Tissue Group, a paper conversion facility newly located at the Airport, in creating 60 new jobs.
"Funding was a hot topic at the state conference the Kingman Airport hosted in Laughlin recently," Chastain said.
"That is the fifth time Kingman has hosted all the airports in Arizona for the state conference."
The four-day meeting was held in Laughlin because Kingman does not have adequate meeting rooms in any of the local motels, she said.
The conference drew 160 participants, one of the largest gatherings of airport officials ever in Arizona.
"It was important for Kingman because all four positions that review grants have new people," Chastain said.
"We will learn with them now that they have had a chance to meet with us at the conference."
Eric Vermeeren, one of the new members of the Federal Aviation Administration team, will visit Kingman soon.
Chastain said the FAA wants to see the airports before grant applications are made.
Other Kingman officials attending the conference were Kingman Airport Authority President Bob Feagins; Scott Brackett, an authority board member and manufacturer at the airport; and airport authority economic developer Bob Riley.