wb-sub4The project to replace a 57-year-old air traffic control facility at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport has begun. Holding a ground-breaking ceremony for the $18.8 million Federal Aviation Administration project, officials said the new traffic control tower will help sustain air travel at the airport for the foreseeable future. Built in 1952, the airport’s existing 42-foot tall air traffic control tower is equipped with hardware that is several decades old and limits line of sight that prevents use of a runway. The state-of-the-art tower will increase capacity at the airport, contain modern technology and improve safety and efficiency. Funded with money from the American Reinvestment & Recovery Act, the new tower is expected to be 92 feet tall. It will be located 2,100 feet southeast of the existing 42-foot tower. The new tower will have a 12,683-square-foot base building that houses a terminal radar approach control facility. Construction completion on the facility is expected by the summer of 2012.

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