Wheeling-Ohio County Airport Set to Receive $1.2 Million for Tower Repairs | News, Sports, Jobs

WHEELING — The Wheeling-Ohio County Airport’s contract tower will undergo repairs and upgrades thanks to a $1.2 million federal grant.

The senses. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, RW.Va., both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced the funding Monday through the Federal Aviation Administration’s contract tower program. The funds will support repairs and improvements to the airport tower and were granted under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which was signed into law in November 2021.

The FCT program supports air traffic control services in towers across the United States and provides funding to eligible airports for tower construction and equipment costs. Funding for the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport Tower will support the replacement of the roof and windows, rehabilitation of the tower’s interior and upgrades to essential amenities, according to a statement from Manchin’s office.

“I am thrilled that the FAA is investing in Wheeling-Ohio County Airport to improve the safety and efficiency of West Virginians and Americans traveling to and within our great state,” Manchin said. “I fought successfully to include funding in our bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to support West Virginia airports, and I look forward to seeing the positive impacts of this investment. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue to advocate for resources to support transportation hubs across Mountain State.

“Improving the quality, capacity and safety of our airports was a priority of mine as I helped craft the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act,” Capito said. “I am pleased to see these resources announced today for Wheeling-Ohio County Airport, which will be used to help with key upgrades and necessary repairs to the airport 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 now and in the future.”

Representatives for the Ohio County Commission could not immediately be reached for comment Monday afternoon. In April, the commission voted to apply for a grant from the FAA that would partially fund a new roof and new glass for the control tower windows. The Wheeling-Ohio County Airport control tower is busy daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., with an automated system providing air traffic control during off-peak hours.

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