7 Kansas communities receive airport project funding

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The state is awarding seven communities funding for airport projects.

The $3.8 million in awards announced Friday by the Kansas Department of Transportation include two funds for Quinter, which will receive a total of nearly $2 million to construct a new airport.

Other funds from the Phase II Kansas Airport Improvement Program will go to Fort Scott, Hugoton, Independence, Minneapolis, Moline and Rose Hill.

Transportation Secretary Mike King says Quinter’s airport will fill a gap in airport services to rural Kansans. Quinter is a Gove County town of about 900 residents in western Kansas.

The programs first phase awarded funds to 21 projects earlier this year.

The state reserves $5 million annually for the program. The department said in a news release it received 118 applications for 2016.

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