- September 18, 2014
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Workers have begun constructing a new bridge and road to Charleston Air National Guard Base, W.Va., that local official believe will help secure the future of the Air National Guard’s 130th Airlift Wing. The bridge over the Elk River will provide a new access route to the base, allowing closure of the current public road serving the facility. The existing route passes right by the Guard base and poses a security risk, a factor local officials believe could jeopardize the installation in a future BRAC round. Former Sen. Robert Byrd (D) had secured federal funding for the bridge, but the money was redirected after Byrd died. Following lengthy discussions between the state government and the National Guard, officials decided to split the project’s cost between state taxpayers, the National Guard, Yeager Airport and the Kanawha County Commission, reported the West Virginia Gazette. Construction of the bridge is expected to be finished in the fall of 2015.