Aug 3, 2023 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Clay Higgins announced today that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is awarding $1,168,133 to the Chennault International Airport (CWF) in Lake Charles for repairs to the Airport Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) and the tower’s radio communication equipment.

The funding includes:

  • $468,133 for the ATCT to shield the base building from heavy rains and prevent water intrusions during storm conditions. The shield will consist of exterior metal panel rainscreens that create resiliency and mitigate hazardous conditions.
  • $700,000 for the replacement of the tower’s radio communication equipment that will enhance the safe and efficient movement of the diverse aircraft utilizing CWF. This will increase reliability and reduce current interference occurring in the existing system.

The funding is provided through the Airport Terminal Program (ATP), which is authorized through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

“While I opposed the Infrastructure Bill in its entirety as a matter of principle, some of the proposals within the bill were solid. Ultimately, the bill became law, and the funding has been allocated,”said Congressman Higgins. “My office will continue to advocate for the advancement of Louisiana projects to ensure that Southwest Louisiana receives the much needed resources to better serve our community and nation.”

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