BANGOR, Maine — As part of an ongoing effort to improve security and screening procedures, the Maine Air National Guard is planning to expand its base entrance, which underwent a major overhaul in 2004.
“The project is a continuous one that started over 10 years ago to improve traffic flow and other installation traffic requirements,” Lt. Col. Deborah Kelley of the 101st Air Refueling Wing, which calls the base home, said Monday.
Under the plan, the Maine Air National Guard would lease from the city a half-acre parcel on the north side of Maine Avenue, along the entrance to the base. The guard would give up its lease on about a quarter-acre of land on the opposite side of the road.
The new lease would allow the guard to widen the entrance road, enabling trucks to pull to the side for inspections so other vehicles can access the gate, according to Stephen Bolduc, executive manager at BanAir Corp.
Kelley didn’t know how much the project would cost, but said it would be funded by the Department of Defense, pending approval. Kelley said the approval process is a lengthy one, so she isn’t sure when the work would be allowed to begin.
Bangor’s Business and Economic Development Committee supported the lease changes during its March 26 meeting, and the full council is expected to consider the request during its next meeting.