Wichita Eisenhower National Airport (ICT) began a $21.8 million runway rehabilitation project this week that started with the closing of its 10,301-foot-long Runway 1L/19R until July 2. The project, $19.5 million of which is paid for through FAA grants, also includes replacing concrete on ICT’s 7,301-foot-long general aviation runway, 1R/19L, that will begin in the fall after work on the longer runway surface is completed, Wichita Airport Authority assistant director of airports Brad Christopher told AIN.
In addition to concrete replacement, the project also involves upgrading the electrical and lighting systems of the runways, as well as new striping and signs. Because of magnetic declination, the runways also will be re-designated as follows: Runway 1L/19R will become 2L/20R; Runway 14/32, a 6,301-foot-long crosswind runway, will become 15/33; and Runway 1R/19L will become 2R/20L.
Christopher said the project started Monday on ICT’s longest runway because the snow and ice season is just about concluded. And the July 2 completion date means the airport's “most critical” runway will be open in time for the warmest months of the summer season, he added.