$98 Million Runway Overhaul Set to Begin at DAFB - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

$98 Million Runway Overhaul Set to Begin at DAFB

Posted:

DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - A massive project costing nearly $100 million is about to begin at Dover Air Force Base.

The Air Force is doing a major runway overhaul. The main runway is going to be shutting down for that starting Monday. That runway dates back to the 1940's.

Base leadership has been planning to replace it since 2005.

"We've been fighting the runway concrete quality and have had to do lots of investment in infrastructure to repair patches and keep up with the cracking and stuff that we have," said Lt. Col. Scott Bryant, commander of the 436th Civil Engineer Squadron.

For a number of reasons, including that combat operations ended in Afghanistan late last year, the base believes it's a good time for this project.

"It's definitely help... The timeframe, this moment in time, is helpful," Lt. Col. Mark Radio, 436th Operation Support Squadron Director of Operations, said.

Friday, the contractors working on the project were at the base.

"It's a bit of a non-standard thing," said Col. Michael Grismer, commander of the 436th Airlift Wing. "But I wanted to get them all here, so they could meet everybody and also so I could go through what I see as the biggest challenges."

Col. Grismer is hoping the construction crews will get the work done on schedule, perhaps ahead of schedule.

"The shorter the timeline for construction, the shorter the time period that we operate off 6,000 feet."

From early summer through December, the base will only have open a short 6,000 ft. Strip of its secondary runway. All this will impact operations at Dover. A lot of what is does in Delaware will instead happen out of a base in New Jersey.

But the hope is all the work will be worth it in the end. The new runway is supposed to last a long time.

"We're shooting for that 75 to 100 years, uh, with, with proper maintenance," Lt. Col. Bryant said.

The base should be able to return to mostly normal operations by December though the entire construction process is going to run through mid-2016.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Delaware Prescription Assistance Program Ending, Worrying Seniors

    Delaware Prescription Assistance Program Ending, Worrying Seniors

    Thursday, August 17 2017 7:09 PM EDT2017-08-17 23:09:36 GMT
    Thursday, August 17 2017 7:09 PM EDT2017-08-17 23:09:36 GMT
    DOVER, Del. -- A prescription assistance program offered by Delaware to help people who cannot afford or have difficulty paying for drugs or premiums under Medicare Part D is ending on Aug. 31, a move causing some concern for seniors.Jill Fredel, a spokeMore
    DOVER, Del. -- A prescription assistance program offered by Delaware to help people who cannot afford or have difficulty paying for drugs or premiums under Medicare Part D is ending on Aug. 31, a move causing some concern for seniors.Jill Fredel, a spokeMore
  • Dangers of The Solar Eclipse On Our Eyes

    Dangers of The Solar Eclipse On Our Eyes

    08/17/2017 18:52:00 -04:002017-08-17 22:52:00 GMT
    Thursday, August 17 2017 6:52 PM EDT2017-08-17 22:52:07 GMT
    Rays from the Solar Eclipse can burn the retina of your eye. (WBOC PHOTO)Rays from the Solar Eclipse can burn the retina of your eye. (WBOC PHOTO)
    If you plan on watching this year's Solar Eclipse, you need to make sure you're properly protecting your eyes.Eye specialists are warning of the serious issues that could result if these warning are taken lightly, issues that are irreversible.More
    If you plan on watching this year's Solar Eclipse, you need to make sure you're properly protecting your eyes.Eye specialists are warning of the serious issues that could result if these warning are taken lightly, issues that are irreversible.More
  • Delaware & Maryland State Veterinarians Encourage Horses Stay Vaccinated

    Delaware & Maryland State Veterinarians Encourage Horses Stay Vaccinated

    08/17/2017 17:54:00 -04:002017-08-17 21:54:00 GMT
    Thursday, August 17 2017 5:57 PM EDT2017-08-17 21:57:38 GMT
    (Photo: WBOC)(Photo: WBOC)
    Delaware and Maryland State Veterinarians are urging horse owners to ensure their horses are up to date on vaccines. The push comes just days after Delaware confirmed the first case of West Nile Virus in a horse in the state since 2015.More
    Delaware and Maryland State Veterinarians are urging horse owners to ensure their horses are up to date on vaccines. The push comes just days after Delaware confirmed the first case of West Nile Virus in a horse in the state since 2015.More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Woman Files Federal Lawsuit Over Punkin Chunkin Accident

    Woman Files Federal Lawsuit Over Punkin Chunkin Accident

    08/17/2017 07:44:00 -04:002017-08-17 11:44:00 GMT
    Thursday, August 17 2017 12:33 PM EDT2017-08-17 16:33:35 GMT
    A woman who was critically injured when an air cannon exploded during last year's Punkin Chunkin event in Bridgeville, DE has filed a federal lawsuit against event organizers and participants, state officials and Discovery Communications.More
    A woman who was critically injured when an air cannon exploded during last year's Punkin Chunkin event in Bridgeville, Del. has filed a federal lawsuit against event organizers and participants, state officials and Discovery Communications.More
  • Updated: NAACP Branch Seeks Removal of Delaware Confederate Monument, Lawmakers React

    NAACP Branch Seeks Removal of Delaware Confederate Monument

    08/17/2017 09:41:00 -04:002017-08-17 13:41:00 GMT
    Thursday, August 17 2017 5:39 PM EDT2017-08-17 21:39:50 GMT
    The Confederate monument on the grounds of the Georgetown Historical Society. (Photo: WBOC)The Confederate monument on the grounds of the Georgetown Historical Society. (Photo: WBOC)
    The Lowers Sussex County NAACP wants officials to cut off state funding for the Georgetown Historical Society to force the removal of a Confederate monument on its grounds.More
    The Lowers Sussex County NAACP wants officials to cut off state funding for the Georgetown Historical Society to force the removal of a Confederate monument on its grounds.More
  • Kent County Judge Rejects Appeal From 4-time DUI Offender

    Kent County Judge Rejects Appeal From 4-time DUI Offender

    Thursday, August 17 2017 9:03 AM EDT2017-08-17 13:03:43 GMT
    Thursday, August 17 2017 9:03 AM EDT2017-08-17 13:03:43 GMT
    A Kent County, Delaware judge has refused to declare a mistrial or grant a new trial to a man recently convicted of his fourth drunken-driving offense.More
    A Kent County, Delaware judge has refused to declare a mistrial or grant a new trial to a man recently convicted of his fourth drunken-driving offense.More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices