Work on air traffic control tower resumes next week

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - has just learned that work will resume Monday on the air traffic control tower at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport.

That $12 million project came to a screeching halt two weeks ago when Congress failed to fund the FAA. Even after a debt crisis compromise was reached, House and Senate members left Washington without passing an FAA funding bill.

But, an FAA spokesperson said once lawmakers gave unanimous consent to approve a funding extension through September 16, FAA employees could come back to work, and projects could resume.

The new Gulfport tower is on the southeast side of the airport complex.  And it's 95% complete.  The current plan is for the contractor to finish its work in the next few weeks, and then hand over the facility to the FAA.  From there, FAA technicians will install the electronics systems that an air traffic control tower needs.

The FAA spokesperson who talked with says the new tower should be directing planes in and out of Gulfport by next spring.

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