CAMP RED CLOUD, South Korea — Area I and local city officials have agreed on a series of construction projects that include the widening of the road in front of Camp Red Cloud, officials said this week.

Discussions have been ongoing since 1995, according to an Army news release.

South Korean officials estimated the total cost of the projects at nearly $10 million. The Uijongbu municipal government will pay to build new camp facilities for buildings in the path of the widened road, officials said.

Plans also include a new front gate for Camp Red Cloud.

“It’s a win-win situation,” Lt. Col. Brian Vines, Camp Red Cloud commander, said in the Army release. “We will get some new facilities, and the city will get a wider road.”

Base and city residents have long complained that traffic bottlenecks in front of Red Cloud. During the morning and evening rush hours, cars are stacked for miles in either direction, despite the fact that soldiers in the area aren’t allowed to have personal vehicles.

The construction projects are seen as part of a larger effort to return some portions of Area I installations to South Korean control. In addition to three small parcels handed over between 2000 and 2002, two more small parcels of Red Cloud land will be turned over in the coming months, officials said.

According to Area I officials, a number of base facilities will be affected by the construction.

The 2nd Infantry Division Band’s rehearsal facility, 552nd Signal Company headquarters, Army and Air Force Exchange Service gas station and the bus and taxi stands will be moved.

“This entire project is being done at no cost to the U.S. government,” Vines said. “It still may take two years before the project is completed though.”

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