Tuesday, July 26, 2011

[news] Congress’ squabble grounds W-B/Scranton airport tower construction

Airport Director Barry Centini said the completion date for the new tower is about June or July 20 But he said there is no plan in place yet for knocking down the old control tower or doing any additional work at the airport as a result of the new tower being in place and the old one being vacated.

Keating Co.It depends how long it takes for the federal government to get around to addressing its financial issues.Referring to a possible delay in completing the new tower, he added, “Is another month going to make a difference?

The FAA announced it was putting a hold on the $7 million contract for Narberth-based Daniel J.Joe Maloney, Keating’s treasurer, said the tower at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton airport is about 95 percent finished.The FAA, not the airport, is in control of the work on the tower, and the FAA’s work stoppage locally and nationwide does not affect air traffic control operations, air safety or flights around the country, federal officials said.There is no rush to knock it down,” Centini said of the old control tower.Right now we are anticipating a minor inconvenience,” Maloney said.WASHINGTON – A congressional spat over a bill extending the Federal Aviation Administration’s operating authority has at least temporarily stopped work on a new $18 million air traffic control tower at Wilkes-Barre%2FScranton+International+Airport%22>Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport.Wilkes-Barre/Scranton airport.He was unsure how many workers on the project were affected by the work-stoppage order.The old tower, which is attached to the terminal that has since been replaced, continues to operate until the new one, which will be separate from the terminal, is completed.The work stoppage – part of a nationwide halt to airport construction projects announced Monday by the FAA – is more of a minor inconvenience than a major problem right now, according to the company building the tower and the airport director.

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