Construction season makes for road closures, detours|
Posted 6/4/2012 Updated 6/4/2012
Release Number: 020612
6/4/2012 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Prepare to be re-routed, detoured, diverted and occasionally stuck in traffic. Construction season has once again come upon JBER.
One upcoming road closure is scheduled to be on 6th Street near Dyea Avenue, June 12. The purpose of road closure is to connect the new storm drain line on 6th Street to help with drainage during spring breakup. Most of the construction will take place on the JBER-Richardson side of the installation.
The construction will also include maintenance work on the multipurpose machine gun range, tactical equipment maintenance facility, Buckner Physical Fitness Center, railhead operations facility, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division headquarters and some of the Army barracks.
The construction will replace old facilities like the tactical maintenance facility that consumes an inordinate amount of energy and requires a lot of maintenance and repair, said Michael E. Schmidt, a civilian with the 673d Civil Engineering Squadron.
This will improve quality of life and ease energy costs from inefficient buildings.
"For every square foot that we build new, we also tear down the equivalent square footage of older facilities," Schmidt said.
Work on the machine gun range, fitness facility and the barracks will improve the quality of life and mission readiness.
"From a single Soldier's perspective, the new barracks that we build provide more quality of life by providing each with their own bedroom versus having to share a room in some of the older barracks that we have now," Schmidt said.
Because there is no detailed detour information currently available, drivers are advised to be aware and have patience.