- Associated Press - Saturday, January 31, 2015

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Dover Air Force Base is preparing to shut down its 69-year-old runway for a major refurbishment.

The News Journal (https://delonline.us/1yV8EgP ) reports the base will shut down the 9,600-foot runway on Monday. Contractors will begin replacing cracked concrete and asphalt during a $98 million overhaul. The project is expected to continue until June 2016.

The greatest impact will come later in the year when the work will force the base to move its C-5M cargo jets to Joint Base Dix-McGuire-Lakehurst in New Jersey. It’s a major shift for the Defense Department’s largest aerial port.

Base commander Col. Michael Grismer says it is important to the Air Force to get the project done on time and on budget.

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Information from: The News Journal of Wilmington, Del., https://www.delawareonline.com


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