Bid protest on Air Force museum in Ohio denied

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force says work on a new building can go ahead in southwest Ohio.

Work on the $35.4 million expansion project was held up after another contractor filed a protest of the award to Turner Construction Co. But the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reviewed the bid award and rejected the protest.

A notice to proceed was issued Friday.

The fourth building for the museum near Dayton will allow relocation of the Presidential Aircraft Gallery from a hangar in a restricted-access area of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. A gallery on research and development will also move, and a new space gallery will showcase a space shuttle exhibit. Another gallery will focus on airlift operations.

The fourth building is now expected to open in 2016.