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Project Runway at Dover Air Force Base

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DOVER, Del. – Time to rip up and replace a runway at Dover Air Force Base, at a cost of $98.3 million.

According to First Lieutenant Sarah Bergstein, chief of public affairs for Dover Air Force Base, the project will take 22 months to complete, with expected end date June 15, 2016.

“We will be ripping up parts of the concrete runway,” Bergstein said,” while other parts of the runway will remain fully operational.”

Col. Michael Grismer, 436th Airlift Wing Commander, addressed the issue of continuing missions during construction.

"Planning for mission operations during construction is one of our focus efforts,” he said. “We're working with higher headquarters to coordinate an enterprise solution, which mitigates the impact to our Nation's Defense Transportation System during construction."

DAFB awarded Versar, Inc., a Springfield, VA company, the contract to fix up the runway.

Versar will replace runway 01-9, a 9600 ft. runway, and put in a new intersection for runway 14-32, a 12,900 ft. runway, according to Bergstein. The Air Force Civil Engineer is taking the lead on the project.

"Successful completion of the Dover airfield repair project is essential to reserve the viability for a critical component of our Nation's mobility infrastructure,” Grismer said. “Team Dover operates the DOD's largest aerial port, our only port mortuary, and we provide approximately 20 percent of America's out-sized strategic airlift capacity.”

Bergstein said the renovations are meant to last awhile.

“The project is being done to preserve the runways for the next 50 to 75 years,” she said.

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