More than $17 million in federal funding coming to Johnson County for infrastructure improvements

Control tower and entrance sign at New Century AirCenter

The existing air traffic control tower at New Century AirCenter is more than 80 years old. A new control tower is part of the infrastructure improvements funded by the spending package.

Funding for three Johnson County projects is included in several bipartisan government funding packages as part of the recent federal action to avoid a U.S. government shutdown. Congressional direct spending of $17.5 million included in the package’s Community Project Funding will fund Johnson County infrastructure improvements.  

“We greatly appreciate our federal delegation’s advocacy for this important funding,” said Johnson County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Mike Kelly. “This funding is a prime example of partnership among government entities for the benefit of our community.” 

$15 million for New Century AirCenter air traffic control tower

This project would construct a new airport traffic control tower at New Century AirCenter to replace the existing tower which is more than 80 years old. The current tower does not meet Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 requirements and has numerous Federal Aviation Administration documented safety issues.

“New Century AirCenter is the second busiest airport in Kansas, and we are so pleased that such an important operation is receiving funding for a new tower with improved safety and accessibility features, among other benefits,” said Bryan Johnson, executive director of the Johnson County Airport Commission.

$1.509 million for the Highway 69 Sewer Relocation

The Kansas Department of Transportation is making improvements to Highway 69 between 151st Street and Interstate 435 to help relieve traffic congestion and reduce accidents.  The project requires substantial adjustments to local utilities, including Johnson County Wastewater’s underground sewers.

“This funding for our sewer relocation project alleviates the direct financial impact to Johnson County while providing lasting benefits for the county’s infrastructure,” said Johnson County Wastewater General Manager Susan Pekarek.

$1 million for Emergency Operations Center upgrade

Johnson County Government operates an Emergency Operations Center which plays a crucial role in the county’s crisis preparedness, planning and response. This project would modernize and renovate the EOC’s technology.

“When we have activated our EOC for a disaster or crisis response, we rely on technology to help with communication and information sharing among those working in the space and out in the field. We appreciate the technology upgrade this funding will provide,” said Paul Davis, director of the Department of Emergency Services.

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