Federal grant will fund the construction of a new air traffic control tower
Jun 28 2016
WASHINGTON – Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) announced today that the City of Lynchburg will receive $597,250 from the U.S. Department of Transportation to fund construction of a new air traffic control tower at the Lynchburg Regional Airport/Preston Glenn Field.
“The existing air traffic control tower at Lynchburg Regional Airport is more than 50 years old and has been slated to be replaced for many years,” said the Senators. “We are pleased that the City of Lynchburg will receive federal funds to help support construction of the new tower. These investments are critical to upgrading our nation’s air traffic control system, which is in dire need of modernization.”
Warner and Kaine have raised concerns with past proposals to defund the contract tower program, which would affect Virginia contract towers in Lynchburg and Charlottesville. The existing tower, which was built in 1963, has reached the end of its useful life, and construction of a new tower was recommended in the airport’s master plan approved by the Federal Aviation Administration in 2010. The average life span for an air traffic control tower is about 25 years to 30 years, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
In 2015, there were 101,870 takeoffs and landings at Lynchburg Regional Airport.