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New tower coming at Frederick airport

Local, state and federal officials are expected to appear at Frederick Municipal Airport on Monday to break ground on a new air traffic control tower.

Construction of the project, which is expected to take 18 months, will begin almost immediately, officials said. The Federal Aviation Administration is paying for the $5.3 million tower with stimulus money.

The airport caters mainly to private pilots and has no commercial passenger service. Still, it ranks as the second-busiest airport in Maryland -- behind Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport -- with more than 130,000 takeoffs and landings annually.

Officials expected to attend Monday's event include Democratic Sens. Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski; Deputy FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta; and Frederick Mayor Randy McClement.

-- Staff and wire reports

By Michael Bolden  | October 14, 2010; 12:25 PM ET
Categories:  Airports, Aviation, Maryland  
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