FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Pentagon's missile defense office has told Congress that the military plans to issue a contract for up to $9 million of construction work at Fort Greely. The work could proceed within 30 days.
In a letter sent to the House and Senate Appropriations and Armed Services committees, the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization said it was hurrying so it could have a new Pacific ''test bed'' ready by fiscal 2004.
Lt. Col. Rick Lehner, spokesman for the missile office, told the Washington, D.C. bureau of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that federal law requires Congress to be notified of such contracts at least 30 days in advance.
The notification was sent Monday night, so the work could begin as early as mid-August, he said.
According to information provided by Lehner, the construction will have several facets.
''The scope of work includes installing and developing two water wells; clearing trees and debris; preparing sites for test bed facilities including a missile field; and installation of the Main Access Road,'' according to the description.
''The site preparation includes cut, fill, grading, and earthwork operations to the top of sub-base for all vehicle traffic areas and top of finish grade for all other areas excluding the building footprints, which shall be graded to drain.''
''The construction contract is not expected to exceed $9 million,'' the letter to Congress stated.
The money will come from funds already appropriated for missile defense work in this fiscal year, the letter said.
Fort Greely is near Delta Junction, about 100 miles southeast of Fairbanks.
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