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Work halted on Gulfport's new air traffic tower

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Work on the new air traffic control tower at Gulfport Biloxi International Airport has come to a grinding halt.  The Federal Aviation Administration announced the work stoppage on Monday, citing the inability of Congress to pass needed legislation.

The Gulfport tower is a nearly $12 million project.  And according to airport leaders, the work was nearing its completion.  But now, the airport modernization project is on hold indefinitely.  "Construction workers across America will lose their jobs and local communities will be hurt the longer this goes on," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. "Congress needs to pass an FAA bill to prevent further economic damage."

WLOX.com is working on additional details for this story.  As soon as we hear from Gulfport Biloxi's Jim Foster and learn more about what this construction delay could mean, we'll update this story on line.

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