HAGATNA, Guam (AP) - The Department of Defense has released $309 million for the first phase of construction on a Marine base in Guam.
The Pacific Daily News reports Congress had previously authorized projects associated with building the base, but that funding was frozen by restrictions put in place by the Senate. But Guam Delegate Madeleine Bordallo has announced that the funds for the initial phase of construction on the base in Dededo have been released.
Japan has already put up more than $1 billion in an effort to move 5,000 of their Marines and 1,700 of their dependents in Okinawa to Guam.
The $309 million will go toward site and grade preparation, electrical, mechanical and other work.
The total cost of building a base and support facilities is estimated at $8.7 billion.