Posted: Apr 4, 2013 4:26 PM by Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Transportation Commission has approved funding to pay to keep open air traffic control towers at 14 Texas airports.
The commission action Thursday in Austin responds to the threat by federal budget cuts to close those towers, starting next week. Gov. Rick Perry had asked the Texas Department of Transportation to cover the 90-day operation costs of about $2 million.
Officials estimate it would cost about $7 million a year to keep the towers open.
Perry and transportation officials say keeping the towers operating is important for safety and commerce in Texas.
The towers are at the New Braunfels, Brownsville, College Station, Waco, Georgetown, San Marcos, Sugar Land, Tyler, Texarkana and Victoria airports, as well Houston's Lone Star Executive, Dallas Executive and San Antonio's Stinson Municipal airports.
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