PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — South Korean officials in Pyeongtaek are getting a say in planning of routes a big fleet of trucks will take once it starts hauling dirt through the community for the Camp Humphreys expansion, officials said Wednesday.

Camp Humphreys is slated to triple in size and eventually become the U.S. military’s flagship installation on the peninsula, under a South Korea-U.S. agreement.

Dozens of dump trucks making multiple daily trips soon will begin a hauling operation expected to last about a year.

Local groups and Pyeongtaek city officials have voiced concerns over potential dust, traffic congestion and other problems that might arise from the trucking.

So planners are keeping the Korean National Police in Pyeongtaek closely tied in, said Fred Davis of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Far East District Korea Relocation Programs Office at Camp Humphreys.

Local police are to review the plan, and a preliminary copy also was given to Pyeongtaek city officials Wednesday.

“We’re asking for all the comments by early next week so we can finalize the plan,” Davis said.

The trucks will haul dirt and other materials needed to blanket a 203.6-acre tract called “Parcel 1.” That tract is part of an overall 2,328-acre expanse set aside for the expansion.

The Seohee Construction Co. Ltd. of Seoul is to present a final draft of its plan for review and comment early next week to organizations overseeing the project. Seohee is carrying out the $29.7 million Parcel 1 work under contract with the Corps of Engineers.

The plan will spell out what approximate times of day the trucks will transit the area, among other details, Davis said.

It will go for review to a group of officials representing Seohee, the U.S. Army at Camp Humphreys, the Corps of Engineers, and the Korean National Police in Pyeongtaek, said Davis.

Laying landfill won’t start for at least several more weeks, Davis said, and exactly how many trucks it’ll involve isn’t yet known.

“We can safely say in excess of 50 vehicles at the peak, making multiple runs per day,” he said

Having the local police involved in the planning is aimed partly at easing inconvenience to the community, Davis said.

“We can’t stop the impact,” he said, only “minimize” it and the number of people affected.

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