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Work starts on O'Hare air traffic control tower

CHICAGO – Crews have started work on a new air traffic control tower on the south side of O'Hare International Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced that workers started moving earth for the facility this week. The tower will be 219-feet tall, need about 50 tons of steel and cost about $30 million. It is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015. That's about the same time a new runway is to be commissioned.

It's the second new air traffic control tower at O'Hare since 2008, when a tower went up on the north side of the airfield.

The new tower is a key part of a redesign at O'Hare that would put in a parallel runway system instead of the current crisscross layout.

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