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Funding Complete for Control Tower at University Park Airport

on April 15, 2010 4:53 PM

University Park Airport has secured the final piece of funding for its $3.9 million air-traffic-control tower, airport Director Bryan Rodgers said Thursday.

A $251,690 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will help finance electrical work on the project, among other components. Construction began in the winter and is on schedule to be complete by November, Rodgers said.

He said the control tower, to be operational by January 2011, will stand 81 feet tall. It will be the first control tower at the airport, which began operation in the 1950s.

The tower's biggest mission is "to enhance safety for aircraft operating here at University Park Airport as well as for aircraft in the general area," Rodgers said. In addition, the tower is expected to improve overall efficiency and the airport's ability to attract aviation operators.

U.S. Rep. Glenn "G.T." Thompson, R-Howard, announced the transportation-department grant on Thursday. Rodgers called it the final component of the project financing plan. Other money for the project has come from a variety of local, state and federal sources. 

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