Airport to open new six story tower

The new air traffic control tower in Medford
The new air traffic control tower in Medford

In about two months air controllers at the Rogue Valley Medford International Airport will be sky high, or certainly have a view of all that surrounds them from a platform twice the height of the current tower.   

The $3.6 million tower, paid for by the F.A.A., as long as it stays within budget,  will be 100 ft. above the ground. The current tower is 54 ft. high and does not provide a view to the end of the new runway.    

The new tower has six floors plus what they call the cab, which is the glassed-in control center. The computers are located on the sixth floor, 5th floor is for the tower director, floor 4 contains all the mechanical needs. Currently the 2nd and 3rd floors are vacant. And, of course, the entry is on the 1st floor. There is an elevator as well as stairs.    

Controllers are on duty from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.    

Adroit Construction is the contractor and the tower is expected to be open in April.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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