3 construction projects planned at Fort Benning

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FORT BENNING, Ga. — De­spite a slowdown in mil­itary construction, Fort Ben­ning is preparing for three more projects valued at more than $30 million, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said.

The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported that expansion of a rail loading facility is tentatively scheduled to start in September. The $13.6 million project expected to be completed in January 2014.

Construction on a trainee barracks, valued at up to $10 million, is set to begin in March and take until September 2013 to finish. Construction of a central issue facility also should begin in March and wrap up in the fall of the following year. It has a price tag of $7 million.

The $30.6 million in projects are on top of three more large contracts, worth more than $44 million, already awarded this year.

One of the earlier projects is a 57,000-square-foot building that will be used by the 3rd Brigade to repair and maintain the unit’s battlefield vehicles and equipment.

The unit’s arsenal includes M1A1 tanks. The facility will cost $31.3 million and is scheduled for completion in July 2013.

Kristin Mack, spokeswoman for the Corps’ Savannah District, said that in the rail loading expansion, more tracks will be installed at the training installation’s existing rail loading facility to make the process more efficient for Army units going to and coming from training.

The post also is getting a new $7.9 million facility for issuing clothing and equipment to troops in basic training, as well as in advanced infantry and armor training. The 40,000-square-foot central issue facility will be in the Sand Hill area of the post. Work on that should wrap up by May 2013.

The pace of construction at Fort Benning will drop off, Mack said.

“With BRAC and Army transformation-related projects now almost complete, the number of future projects at Fort Benning will be much less than in recent years,” she said.


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