IMS is located in Madison, Indiana along the northern banks of the Ohio River. The City of Madison is situated approximately halfway between Cincinnati, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky. IMS is located approximately four miles west of the City and serves Jefferson, Ripley, Switzerland, Scott and portions of Clark and Jennings Counties, as well as northern portions of Kentucky adjacent to the Ohio River. IMS is one of only two airports within these counties that provide a runway length of 5,000 feet.1 The Airport is located in a rural area of Jefferson County, with four county roads bordering the majority of the Airport: Chicken Run Road to the north, Borcherding Road to the east, County Road 440W to the west, and Interstate Block Road to the south. The remainder of the Airport’s boundary predominantly abuts agricultural properties.
Timeline Past to Present
In the early 1950s, the Madison Board of Aviation Commissioners (BOAC) acquired approximately 175 acres for an airport to be located west of the City.
Site for the new Municipal Airport established.
Bonds issued to finance construction of new airport.
Before the property could be developed into a public airport, however, the U.S. Army provided an opportunity for the City to lease the former Madison Army Airfield located on the Jefferson Proving Grounds north of the City. This arrangement continued into the early 1960s when maintenance costs for the larger facility became too burdensome. The Madison BOAC terminated the lease with the Army and began the process of developing the previously acquired property west of the City.
Newspaper article explains Construction for the new airport is set to start soon Total Cost $80,000 Features include: 3,200 foot runway Taxiway to Parking Area Paved Parking Lot Access Road to Borcherding Road
New Airport plans submitted to FAA following the reactivation of JPG airport. Air Board decides to go back to building airport in hopes to attract new industry. Airport Board: John Pritchard- President Charles E. Denton Bernard Heitz Walter Grote, Jr. John O'Connor- Attorney
Formal Ground Breaking for New Airport
Work Begins on the new airport.
Grading of 3,200 foot runway complete. About ready to pave.
In 1964, the new Madison Municipal Airport opened. The new Airport included a single 3,200 foot by 60 foot asphalt runway (Runway 3-21), an apron measuring 3,800 square yards, an administration building, and two T-Hangars.
In 1966 and 1968, a parallel taxiway system was constructed to allow increased safety for ground operations.
In 1980, a runway and parallel taxiway overlay was completed
Since the Airport’s inception in 1964, the aircraft apron has twice been expanded. The first expansion occurred in 1980, with an additional 3,800 square yards.
the runway was extended and widened to 4,400 feet by 75 feet. In addition, the north parallel taxiway was relocated
The second expansion of approximately 2,400 square yards was added in 1998 and included a connecting taxiway from the south end of the apron to the parallel taxiway. The second apron expansion also included a rehabilitation of the existing apron by using "ultra-thin white topping" concrete overlay for the aircraft tiedown areas. The balance of the rehabilitation was completed with asphalt.