$20mil funding allocated to upgrade 29 US airport control towers

Graphic of US airports to have control tower upgrades
Graphic via FAA; Inset: Waco Tower Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will allocate $20 million for the upgrade of 29 US airport traffic control towers.

The funding allocation which was announced late last week will come from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and will apply to 29 airport owned traffic control towers across the U.S.

The funding will be used to upgrade and build control towers in small towns and at regional airports. 

Regional airport development

This recently announced funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law goes to smaller and regional airports to help improve safety, lower costs and support local businesses.

The funding will support important aviation operations such as commercial services, emergency services, agricultural aviation, flight training, and shipping of goods.

“Airports aren’t just travel hubs, they are important job centers and economic engines—especially in smaller communities,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

“We’re proud to deliver these investments, which will help us improve safety at airports and support local economies for decades to come.” 

Source: FAA


Click here for the full data visualization of the airports receiving funding.

“Today’s grant allows airports to make much needed upgrades to their airport traffic control tower while improving safety, providing good-paying job opportunities and supporting local economies,” said FAA Associate Administrator for Airports Shannetta R. Griffin, P.E.

Grant allocations

Among the grants announced last week are:

$1.5 Million to Columbus Municipal Airport in Indiana

This award for construction of a new Airport Traffic Control Tower to improve the line of sight and better serve one of the fastest growing general aviation airports in the state of Indiana. 

$860,000 to Joplin Regional Airport in Missouri

This award will replace the airport’s aging airfield lighting control and monitoring system, enhancing safety to improve tower operations. In addition, it replaces aging tower equipment. 

$1.1 Million to Tyler Pounds Regional Airport in Texas

This award funds the planning, environmental, and preliminary design for relocating the existing tower, which has line of sight issues due to the extension of the new primary runway.

The current facility, which is 75 years old, does not meet existing safety standards. In addition to resolving line of sight and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issues, the new location will add an elevator and other Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant accessibility features.

full list of all grants being awarded is available on the FAA website. 

33 grant awards for FY 2023

Last week’s announcement includes 33 grant awards at 29 airports for Fiscal Year 2023 as part of the FAA Contract Tower Competitive Grant program.

These grants will sustain, construct, repair, improve, modernize, replace or relocate airport-owned towers and install communications equipment.

About the Infrastructure Law

The President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law makes a historic investment in US infrastructure and competitiveness.

It aims to rebuild America’s roads, bridges and rails, upgrade and expand public transit, modernize the nation’s ports and airports, improve safety, tackle the climate crisis, advance environmental justice and invest in communities that are too often left behind.

It further aims to drive the creation of good-paying union jobs and grow the economy sustainably and equitably to help everyone get ahead for decades to come.

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