Perry urges TxDOT to help fund air traffic control towers

Perry urges TxDOT to help fund air traffic control towers

POSTED: Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 7:47am

UPDATED: Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 9:32am

The Texas Transportation Commission has been asked to provide Department of Transportation money to help keep Texas air traffic control towers open for the next 90 days.

Tyler Pounds Regional Airport is on the list of those with air traffic control towers that will be shut down.

Click here to see KETK's previous report on the closure of the towers

According to the Austin-American Statesman, Governor Rick Perry asked the Texas Transportation Commission to consider providing emergency assistance to keep the towers open for a few more months.

Perry calls the towers a "vital safety network".

This week, a Tyler native was reappointed to the Texas Transportation Commission.

Jeff Austin III of Tyler is vice chairman of Austin Bank in Jacksonville. He is also a board member First State Bank in Athens and Capital Bank in Houston, and past president of First State Bank in Frankston.

As part of the Transportation Commission, Austin will now help decide whether a portion of TxDOT's aviation budget can be used to fund the towers.

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