Runway overhaul proceeding A-OK at Dover Air Force Base

Dover Air Force Base’s runway overhaul is on target to be completed in August, with work currently continuing on the intersection of runways 01-19 and 14-32.

Dover Air Force Base’s runway overhaul is on target to be completed in August, with work currently continuing on the intersection of runways 01-19 and 14-32.

DOVER — Construction is going smoothly on the runway overhaul at Dover Air Force Base with work currently underway on the intersection of runways 01-19 and 14-32. according to the U.S. Air Force.

It’s all part of the replacement of the base’s original north-south Runway 01-19, in operation since 1941. Runway 01-19 has been closed since February 2015 to undergo a complete $98.3 million renovation.

Meanwhile, the base’s fleet of C-5M Super Galaxy aircraft and its support airmen and equipment temporarily have moved to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, and will be there until August.

“The runway construction is currently in the paving phase as we continue progressing on the intersection of Runway 01-19 and Runway 14-32,” said Capt. Sarah E. Bergstein, chief of public affairs at the base, in an email Friday. “The project is scheduled for completion in August 2016.”

This phase of construction temporarily has cut the length of Runway 14-32 from 12,900 feet to 6,000 feet, altering its operational capabilities for the C-5.

Runway 14-32’s 6,000 feet is enough for a C-5 to safely take-off and land, but only when carrying a minimal amount of weight, cargo and fuel.

For this reason, the C-5 fleet was moved so as to not hinder support of the Air Force’s global mobility mission.

Meanwhile, Dover ’s fleet of 13 intermediate strategic and tactical airlifter C-17A Globemaster IIIs remain at the base, fully capable of operating on the shorter airfield.

During early Runway 01-19 construction, contractors had to address drainage and the need to raise the concrete by at least a foot in some spots.

Once construction on the 9,600-foot runway is done, engineers and builders will develop a ramp for the intersection of 01-19 and Runway 14-32, needed due to the slight increase in height currently being implemented.

Funding for the project is from the Air Force’s Centralized Sustainment Restoration Modernization fund.

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