State votes to fund some Texas airport control towers

Control towers at airports in San Marcos, New Braunfels and Georgetown will be running for another 90 days because of action by the Texas Transportation Commission.

The governing board over TxDOT has voted to spend $2-million to pay for operations at 14 control towers, among others, Waco, Brownsville, San Antonio Municipal and Collin County Regional.

"Like an umpire, who's going to be an umpire up there in the sky saying who comes in first, second? There's a safety issue here and there's a lot of jobs at stake from an economic development standpoint," Jeff Austin, Transportation Commissioner, said.

The state says the 14 airports help guide 65,000 flights each month.

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