GREENSBORO, N.C. (WFMY)-- The Piedmont Triad International Airport (PTIA) will soon get a brand new air traffic control tower.

Tuesday, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced PTI was awarded $40.9 million to build the new tower. The new tower will be able to accommodate eight air traffic controllers to manage flights.

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Tower details:

  • The FAA says the new control tower will be 180-ft tall.
  • The air traffic controllers' workspace will be a 550- square-foot tower cab.
  • A 15,650 square-foot base building will anchor the new tower that will house the Terminal Radar Approach Control (TRACON) with up to 10 radar positions for air traffic controllers.
  • Tower will be home to state-of-the-art automation and communications systems.
  • The base building also will include administrative offices and a training classroom.

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Construction will begin in early 2019, and the FAA expects to commission the facility in early 2022.