Tucson International Airport leases land for new control tower - Tucson News Now

Tucson International Airport leases land for new control tower

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Artist's drawing of the new planned TIA control tower (Source: Tucson Airport Authority) Artist's drawing of the new planned TIA control tower (Source: Tucson Airport Authority)
Planned location of new control tower (Source: Tucson Airport Authority) Planned location of new control tower (Source: Tucson Airport Authority)
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Plans for a new, higher control tower at the city's main airport are cleared for takeoff, now that there's a site to build it.

The Tucson AirportAuthority Board of Directors has agreed to lease land to theFederal Aviation Administration to build the tower, which will replace the 55-year-old one now in use. Construction on the $43 million project is set to begin in March and take two years, with the FAA paying the costs.

Airport mangers say they spent three years studying where to put the new tower, including using computer modeling to show aircraft activity.  The new tower will be on the west side of the airport, off Aero Park Boulevard next to BombardierAerospace.

The new location will give traffic controllers better views of airport runways and taxiways, avoiding glare from the sun.  The new tower will be252 feet tall, more than 100 feet higher.

The airport is currently using a 115-foot control tower that was opened in October 1958, which displays "TUCSON" on two of its sides.  TAAplans to keep it for another use after the new tower is opened.

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