LaHood heralds new Pennsylvania air traffic control tower

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"In addition, the tower uses the latest radar and communications technology, including state-of-the-art equipment to enable future NextGen technologies," LaHood said, noting the facility was built in part with $20.5 million from the 2009 economic stimulus package.

LaHood said the new flight tower will "make air travel even safer, modernize our air traffic control system, and support businesses in northeastern Pennsylvania."

He added that "[T]ransportation investments like this modern tower will help ensure that we stay competitive in the global economy and give our kids and grandkids a modern transportation network that ensures safe and reliable travel."

"I know that this new tower will be a symbol of both safety and economic prosperity that will serve northeastern Pennsylvania well for generations to come," he said.