The contract control tower St. Louis Regional Airport in Bethalto has been included in the fiscal year 2016 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development funding bill, which has passed the Senate Appropriations Committee.  The bill also includes funding to strengthen FAA security to guard against attacks that occurred at the Aurora control center last year.

Airport Manager David Miller tells The Big Z running the tower through contracted employees is a more efficient way of doing things.

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U.S. Senator Mark Kirk tells The Big Z the tower and others like it will be fully funded.

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The fiscal year 2016 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Act includes $154.4-million for the Federal Contract Tower Program, that not only includes the tower in Bethalto, but five others in Illinois.  The appropriations bill is now headed to the full senate.

 

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