Wright-Patterson could spend between an estimated $5 million to $10 million to replace a section of a taxiway in front of the main air traffic control tower on base, a spokesman said.
The work won’t interrupt operations because other taxiways will remain open, according to Daryl Mayer, a Wright-Patterson spokesman.
The rebuilt concrete section will be 1,555 feet long and stretch 75 feet wide.
“The new taxiway will make a more direct path to the parking area in front of Base Operations,” he said in an email.
The project would be the largest at the base’s main airfield since a $7.8 million project repaved 10,000 feet of a 12,600-foot runway, improved taxiways and aircraft parking ramps. That project closed the main runway for about five months in 2012.
The main runway was last repaved in 1984, which caused concern among base officials the aging pavement could decay and loose debris could be sucked into aircraft engines, officials said.
During the work in 2012, air crews relied on an adjacent 7,000-foot long runway next to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
The new project was not part of the previous taxiway replacement project, Mayer said.
The Army Corps of Engineers will take bid proposals between Feb. 18 though March 19, according to the agency.
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