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Workers demolish a section of the outside wall near Camp Red Cloud’s main gate at a ceremony Friday in Uijeongbu, South Korea.

Workers demolish a section of the outside wall near Camp Red Cloud’s main gate at a ceremony Friday in Uijeongbu, South Korea. (Erik Slavin / S&S)

UIJEONGBU, South Korea — Fifteen years of negotiations and planning came to fruition Friday when a bulldozer punched a hole through Camp Red Cloud’s old outside wall.

The Army Corps of Engineers and its contractors finished building a new base wall several months ahead of schedule, thereby giving Uijeongbu city workers a head start on widening Highway 3, said Army Corps of Engineers project manager Kenneth Jen.

“Working in the winter time, a lot of blood and sweat went into this,” Jen said.

The new wall originally was supposed to be finished in 2007. The completion date later was pushed ahead to September 2006 at the request of Uijeongbu city officials.

Uijeongbu’s mayor and Army officials were on hand at a ceremony Friday to praise the quick work.

The widening project also requires multiple buildings to be demolished or relocated, Jen said, including the following:

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