Construction on TIA's replacement control tower begins this week - Tucson News Now

Construction on TIA's replacement control tower begins this week

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(Source: Tucson Airport Authority) (Source: Tucson Airport Authority)

By Angeline Carbajal, Tucson News Now intern

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Federal Aviation Administration is breaking ground on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. to construct a new air traffic control tower at Tucson International Airport, according to Viki Matthews, FAA public relations administrator.

The new tower will be 252 feet tall and will replace the airport's existing tower of 115 feet that was opened in 1958. The project is estimated to be completed in 2016.

The new tower will be positioned to give air traffic controllers a better view of the airfield and make room for a second parallel main runway in the future. 

The site will be located on 1865 E. Aero Park Blvd. on the opposite side of the airfield from the existing control tower.

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