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Sen. Fischer says Offutt runway fix remains...

Posted at 6:14 PM, Apr 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-14 23:33:55-04
There are new developments on Offutt Air Force Base's runway and the plan to get rid of the cracks, divots, and constant repair work.
     
Senator Deb Fischer met with the head of the U.S. Air Force, Secretary Deborah Lee James at the Pentagon Thursday morning to discuss this major issue.
 
Fischer said it was a good and productive meeting finding out what the future of the runway is.  
 
Fischer said James told her the Air Force remains on track and fully committed to moving forward with this project.
 
"I was very very pleased today to hear that the secretary of the Air Force is looking at the options with the Secretary of Defense, there's a number of options out there they will be reviewing those and make a decision on the options," Fischer said.
 
Some of those options Sen. Fischer said could be the 55th Wing moving to Lincoln for 6 months and produce a runway viable for 10 years or the 55th Wing could move to Lincoln for a year and produce a runway capable of lasting 20-30 years. 
 
"The longer the 55th will have to move its operations to give the construction crew time to repair the runway that's there at Offutt the longer that runway is going to last," said Fischer.
 
The cost of this project could reach over 100-million dollars from earlier estimates, however Sen. Fischer stressed the exact cost will not be known until the Air Force finalized its decision.
 
Senator Fischer said they expect a decision to be made in the coming months on the size and scale of the project.