CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Today, U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced $1,200,000 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Contract Tower (FCT) Program for the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport. The funding was made possible through the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and will support repairs and upgrades to the airport’s tower.
“Improving the quality, capacity, and safety of our airports was a priority of mine as I helped craft the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act,” Senator Capito said. “I’m thrilled to see these resources announced today for the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport, which will be used to help make key upgrades and needed repairs to the airport’s air traffic control tower. Funding like this will greatly benefit the day-to-day operations of the airport, and I look forward to the positive difference it will make both now and in the future.”
“I am pleased the FAA is investing in the Wheeling-Ohio County airport to improve safety and efficiency for West Virginians and Americans traveling to and within our great state,” Senator Manchin said. “I successfully fought to include funding in our bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) to support West Virginia’s airports, and I look forward to seeing the positive impacts of this investment. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue advocating for resources to support transportation hubs across the Mountain State.”
The FCT program supports air traffic control services at towers throughout the United States and provides funding to eligible airports for tower construction and equipment costs. The funding announced today for the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport tower will support roof and window replacement, rehabilitation of the interior of the tower and upgrades to critical equipment.
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