Barkley reg airport logoPADUCAH, Ky. (5/6/14) — After 40 years of service, the air traffic control tower at Barkley Regional Airport is set to undergo a major renovation project that is expected to begin this month.  

The renovation calls for the existing tower to be dismantled down to its metal skeleton, with additional supports being added to bring the tower, built in 1974, in line with current seismic codes.

It will then have a brand new roof and HVAC system installed before being re-skinned.  Then, the final phase of the 12-16 month project calls for the tower cab to be outfitted with brand new computers, weather related equipment, and other systems that controllers are anxious to have at their disposal.

We will be going from slips and hand-written logs, to new computer terminals with touch screen interfaces, said John Oates PAHs Air Traffic Control Manager.

A temporary control tower was brought to the airport from Atlanta, and placed on the airfield adjacent to the terminal and FAA/TSA building. The airfield lighting controls, communications equipment, and other machines had to be connected to the temporary tower, a project that itself has taken 10 weeks.

Air traffic controllers will move into the temporary tower on May 19th. They will continue to use this tower for all operations until the renovation is complete.

We want everyone to know that all airport operations will remain unaffected through the course of the renovation, said Airport Manager Richard Roof. With the temporary tower in place, Barkley will still be a tower controlled airport for the duration of the project.

Money for the frame-up renovation was actually set aside as part of the FAAs 2011-2012 budget, but delays in projects at other airports caused the start date to be pushed back..  Then last year, the project was put in jeopardy when the FAA threatened to close the 149 contract towers as part of the sequestration mandated cuts. Congress acted to protect the towers, through 2015, and the project was again green-lighted and in February work began to prepare for the start of the project.

For more information, contact Eddie Grant or Richard Roof at (270) 744-0521.

SurfKY News
Information provided by Eddie Grant your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

In Other News...

White Lightning Mountain Bike Race Takes Place June 7

KENTUCKY (5/31/15) — Endurance-Plus will sponsor the White Lightning mountain bike race Sunday, June 7, at Land Between… Read More

LBL Invites the Public to Attend a Public Listening Session

KENTUCKY (6/1/15) — Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area will hold a public listening session from 6 to 8:30… Read More

Most Read This Week

May 27, 2015 7356

VIDEO: Sparks Fly Over Hanson Rezoning Issue

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 30, 2015 6722

Study of Virus Attack on Cancer Sees Success

by Julie Heflin
May 28, 2015 6460

Four Charged with Burglary for Entering Elderly…

by SurfKY News
May 27, 2015 4205

Midnight Ride on Rabbit Ridge Ends in Jail

by SurfKY News
May 27, 2015 3643

Crime Stoppers Top Most Wanted - May 27, 2015

by Crime Stoppers

Most Read This Month

May 15, 2015 11275

New Madisonville Business In Full Operation Soon

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
May 23, 2015 9091

Missing 5-Year-Old Boy Found

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

May 31, 2015 1110

Hopkins District Court Fines Handed Down

by SurfKY News
June 01, 2015 1032

Authorities Discover Meth Lab While Assisting…

by SurfKY News
May 31, 2015 990

Survivors, Caregivers, Supporters Gather for…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
June 01, 2015 861

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
June 01, 2015 486

Dawson Springs Police Reports Released

by SurfKY News
June 01, 2015 483

UPDATE - Pursuit Ends in Two Vehicle Injury…

by SurfKY News
May 31, 2015 476

Muhlenberg County High School Holds 2015…

by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
June 01, 2015 410

KSP Post 2 Activity Report - May 2015

by Trooper S. C. Recke
May 31, 2015 405

Madisonville Fire Department Report - May 31, 2015

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
June 01, 2015 376

Human Relations Coordinator Identifies Possible…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News