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Tampa's Aging Air Traffic Control Tower Priority For Rep. Castor

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TAMPA, FL — U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, is leading the bipartisan Tampa Bay Congressional Delegation in urging the Federal Aviation Administration to replace Tampa International Airport’s deteriorating air traffic control tower.

“Over the past six years, we have been working to have the tower at TPA replaced due to the age and condition of the tower,” Castor said. “This includes issues with the concrete, electric, plumbing, roof and the latest incident on Oct. 30 when an air traffic controller was trapped for over an hour in the elevator.”

Air Traffic Control Tower on the FAA’s Replacement List.

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In partnership with the airport, the delegation has been working for six years to replace the tower due to its age and deteriorating condition. With President Biden’s signature on the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, $25 billion to address the nation’s airports could be used to replace the tower and keep FAA workforce and the traveling public safe, Castor said.

She and fellow delegation members Gus M. Bilirakis, Charlie Crist, Vern Buchanan, Scott Franklin, Daniel Webster and W. Gregory Steube sent a letter to FAA Administrator Steve Dickson asking that the Tampa airport tower be included on the FAA’s replacement list.

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“The airspace in Florida is one of the busiest in the country and any impact in the Tampa Bay region could have an impact on our national airspace,” the delegation said in its letter. “The condition of the tower is a concern to us all for the safety and security of the FAA workforce and the traveling public.”

The Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, which owns and operates TPA, has worked with the FAA to identify a location for a replacement tower.

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