Tucson airport to build new control tower

TUCSON, AZ - Tucson International Airport has broken ground on a new control tower.

The Arizona Daily Star reports officials marked the site Wednesday where a new tower will be built.

They say at 252 feet, the tower will be twice the height of the existing 55-year-old tower.

Tucson Airport Authority CEO Bonnie Allin says the old building will be preserved.

The new tower is expected to have a 13,000-square-foot base and an adjacent solar panel farm that will contribute some electricity.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investing $42 million in the project.

Tucson airport officials plan to commercially develop thousands of acres of airport-owned land in order to increase cross-border freight transactions.

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