Friday, March 22, 2013
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- The air traffic control tower at Gwinnett's Briscoe Field could close as early as next month, according to an announcement from the Federal Aviation Administration Friday.
The county appealed the FAA's decision to close the tower as part of a nationwide effort to meet $637 million in cuts required under budget sequestration, but the Lawrenceville general aviation airport remained among the 149 on the FAA's closure list Friday. A total of 40 had been taken off the closure list, including Charlie Brown Field in Fulton County.
An exact date for Briscoe's tower closure has not been announced, although the FAA said the towers across the nation will be closed during a four-week phased time period beginning April 7.
"It is unclear what impact the closure will have on flight operations. The county regrets that the FAA did not grant a waiver with our appeal, but we are hopeful that this is not a permanent or long-term situation," county spokesman Joe Sorenson said of the tower, currently operational from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. "Gwinnett County reaffirms our continued commitment to maintaining all other safety and operational aspects at the airport beyond the Air Traffic Control Tower."