Seattle, WA (Vocus) August 13, 2009
With funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, plans to start work August 17 replacing pavement and upgrading the lighting at the Grant County Airport C-17 assault strip, located in Moses Lake, Wash.
The assault strip is a vital training area for the U.S. Air Force. The Grant County Airport has the only C-17 assault landing strip on the western coast of the United States and represents a critical combat readiness training capability shared by Air Force Bases in four different states.
Procedures practiced at Moses Lake are used in Iraq and Afghanistan every day and night. The facility is used by Airmen from McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, Wash.; Travis AFB, Calif; March Air Reserve Base, Calif; Hickam AFB, Hawaii; and Elmendorf AFB, Alaska.
The Corps of Engineers awarded a contract, valued at $1,170,560.00, to LarKor Construction of Homedale, Idaho; June 30. LarKor anticipates the project will employ 35 to 50 people.
The Corps and LarKor will work closely to accomplish construction within critical milestones and minimize the impact to the Air Force’s training schedule. LarKor will complete the runway construction work in 28 days — with a deadline of Sept. 16.
The improved runway will allow C-17 crews to complete critical training by Sept. 30 and continue to use the assault strip into the future without disruption.
Nationally, the Corps’ military program expects to receive about $1.4 billion in military construction funding through the Recovery Act.
The Corps, as the Department of Defense construction agent, is working closely with DoD, Army, and Air Force program managers to refine project lists and timelines for project awards and construction schedules.