Four NBK projects included in Senate funding bill

The Senate recently approved more than $100 million in funding for four construction projects at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.

The funding, which totaled $107.2 million for NBK-Bangor, was included in the Senate fiscal year 2006 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill.

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) was a key member of the subcommittee that approved funding for construction projects not only at NBK-Bangor, but also for Fort Lewis, $153.2 million; Fairchild Air Force Base, $8.2 million; and Naval Station Everett, $50.5 million.

“It’s fairly likely the funding will stay as it is,” said Alex Glass, spokeswoman for Murray. “Sen. Murray supported (the funding) because it will be a really good project for the local community.”

Approved funding for NBK-Bangor consists of $15.78 million for waterfront modifications to improve the piers, $41.52 million for a waterfront security enclave which “will consist of a security fence and patrol road among other things for the waterfront,” according to Tom Danaher, NBK spokesman. Funding also includes $2.86 million for the enclosure of the motor transfer facility and $47.09 million for a production and staging complex.

“We’re very hopeful that we will receive consideration for these projects from congress,” Danaher said.

Now that the bill has been approved by the full Senate, it will go to conference with the House of Representatives and will then return to the Senate and will be sent to President George W. Bush for a signature.

“I am pleased to have secured funding to improve these facilities for the training and quality of life of our military personnel,” Murray said. “These projects will modernize and upgrade facilities in which our men and women in uniform and their families live, work and train. By approving this funding, the Senate has sent the message that we appreciate their sacrifices.”

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