Wheeling-Ohio County Airport set to receive $1.2 million for tower repairs

WHEELING — The Wheeling-Ohio County Airport’s contract tower will be the target of repairs and upgrades through a $1.2 million federal grant.

U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced on Monday the funding through the Federal Aviation Administration Contract Tower Program. The funds will support repairs and upgrades to the airport’s tower, and were awarded through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which was signed into law in November 2021.

The FCT program supports air traffic control services at towers throughout the United States and provides funding to eligible airports for tower construction and equipment costs. The funding for the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport tower will support roof and window replacement, rehabilitation of the interior of the tower and upgrades to critical equipment, according to a release from Manchin’s office.

“I am pleased the FAA is investing in the Wheeling-Ohio County airport to improve safety and efficiency for West Virginians and Americans traveling to and within our great state,” Manchin stated. “I successfully fought to include funding in our bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to support West Virginia’s airports, and I look forward to seeing the positive impacts of this investment. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue advocating for resources to support transportation hubs across the 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 stated. “I’m thrilled to see these resources announced today for the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport, which will be used to help make key upgrades and needed repairs to the airport’s 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 both now and in the future.”

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


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