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Construction of new control tower at RSW gets under way

Posted at 9:19 AM, Aug 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-23 09:19:31-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Lee County is making sure Southwest Florida International Airport will be able to accommodate an increase in passengers in and out of the airport.

So to make sure things at RSW go smoothly, the Lee County Port Authority is building a new air traffic control tower.

The official ground-breaking happened Thursday.

The new tower will be two times higher than the existing one. It'll also have the latest technology to make sure planes take off and land safely. “What it does, it puts it in the middle of our existing runway and future runway, so we are getting a new facility and we are putting in place when we grow in the future," said port authority executive director Jeff Mulder.

The new tower is part of an $80 million equipment renovation, and should be finished in three years. The funds are coming from the state.

The airport is expected to see 10 million travelers this year.