SPANGDAHLEM AB, Germany — Spangdahlem Air Base officials have convinced residents of Binsfeld that they are making every effort to ease the impact of a major base construction project that begins next week.
Binsfeld, which is near the base, stands to be the most affected by noise and air emissions generated when Spangdahlem — now strictly a fighter base — becomes an overflow hub for cargo aircraft after Rhein-Main Air Base closes in 2005.
Binsfeld Mayor Lothar Herres said, after a presentation Friday to village residents, the town council agreed that the Air Force had responded to its concerns over a new ramp that will be big enough to park 11 C-5 Galaxy aircraft.
“We are satisfied,” Herres said Monday.
Air Force officials have been conducting meetings with various communities surrounding the base to inform them about changes coming over the next few years.
One Binsfeld neighborhood is just one-third of a mile southeast of the new ramp, which is being built along the southeast side of the 10,000-foot runway.
The ramp is part of a $167 million project that includes new buildings for a mobility squadron, a new firehouse and other improvements.