Dodge City Regional Airport

Dodge City Regional Airport

Location: Dodge City, Kan.

Client: City of Dodge City

Completion Date: 1999-present

Burns & McDonnell has performed planning, design and construction phase services for the Dodge City Regional Airport since 1999. Projects that have been completed include:

  • Milling and overlays of runways and taxiways
  • Installation of new runway and taxiway lighting
  • Installation of Precision Approach Path Indicators for Runway 2-20
  • Reconstruction of Taxiway B
  • Slurry sealing runways and taxiways
  • Reconstruction of taxiways and main entrance road
  • New Aircraft and Rescue Fire Fighting Facility
  • Procurement of a new ARFF truck
  • Master plan update
  • Annual updating of the airport's ACIP data sheets

The master plan for the Dodge City Regional Airport is a recent project. The airport is a Part 139 Commercial Service Airport serving southwest Kansas through an Essential Air Service contract with regional airlines. The city recognized the need to update their Airport Master Plan to reflect current issues and airport design requirement changes since their previous plan.

The airport currently serves aviation users in the region that range from recreational and flight training to large corporate aircraft. Small to large cabin business jet aircraft operate from the airport daily. A regional airline also operates here with service between Kansas City and Denver. A high number of helicopter operations also occur here from an on-site training school and the Army National Guard. Given the increase in the number and types of operations, along with an increase in the number of based aircraft, the city needed to expand their aircraft parking areas. Also, a plan for future hangars to accommodate additional based aircraft was needed. Furthermore, an update to the existing terminal building was needed to satisfy future passenger and airport users' needs.

Several airport improvement alternatives were developed and presented to the planning advisory committee. The result was a preferred alternative that met the existing and future needs of the airport and its users.

  • Planning, design and construction phase services
  • Mill and overlay for Runway 2-20
  • Mill and overlay for Runway 14-32
  • Mill and overlay for Taxiway A and connecting taxiways
  • Install PAPIs for Runway 2-20
  • Reconstruct Taxiway B
  • Mill and overlay for Taxiway A
  • Construct new ARFF building
  • Procurement of ARFF truck
  • Reconstruct entrance road
  • Slurry seal runways 2-20 and 14-32
  • Install MIRLs for runways 2-20 and 14-32
  • Install MITls for all airfield taxiways
  • Airport master plan

Runway Overlay

This was the first phase of a multi-task operation including design and construction services for the overlay of Runway 14-32 (6,900 feet by 100 feet) using the new SuperPave asphalt mix design as approved by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Additional construction activities included milling, full-depth pavement removal and replacement, remediation of existing cracks and pavement joints and removing and relocating existing VASI for runway 32. This project was phased to minimize any disturbance to regularly scheduled commercial operations. Phase II will include removal and relocation of the existing localizer and upgrading the existing pavement gained from the localizer relocation.

Taxiway Overlay and Lighting Rehabilitation

This project included milling the existing asphalt taxiway and demolition of the shoulders to reduce the width to 35 feet, complying with maximum maintenance width per FAA. The pavement was then overlayed with SuperPave asphalt mix. This project also included extensive rehabilitation of the taxiway lighting consisting of removal of existing stake-mounted lighting and replacement with new base-mounted fixtures. Placement of two new windsocks and relocation of the VOR checkpoint and signage was also included with this work. The construction was phased to minimize disturbance to airport operations.