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Groundbreaking for control tower

Federal, state and local officials broke ground for a new air traffic control tower at Frederick Municipal Airport Monday.

The $5.3 million project is being paid for with stimulus money and will include a new tower, access road and other infrastructure. The airport currently does not have a tower.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, about 200 aircraft are based at the Frederick airport, which handles more than 135,000 operations each year. The airport, which caters mostly to private pilots, handles a range of aircraft, including the presidential helicopter, Marine One. It is the second-busiest airport in the state, behind Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport, officials said.

The project is expected to take about 18 months.

Attendees at the groundbreaking included FAA deputy administrator Michael Huerta. and Maryland Democratic Sens. Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski.

"Frederick Municipal Airport has expanded in recent years and the new air traffic control tower will ensure that growth continues in a smart and safe manner for its passengers, workers, as well as the airport and local community," Cardin said in a statement.

By Michael Bolden  | October 18, 2010; 6:32 PM ET
Categories:  Airports, Aviation  
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