How much will the Fort Bragg name change cost? And who pays the bill?

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WNCN) — By next year, the U.S. military will likely replace signs pointing to Fort Bragg, due to its ties to Confederate history.

However, there are several factors to determine the final cost and exactly who will pay it.

There are dozens of signs in Cumberland County with Fort Bragg on them along highways and highways in the area.

“Obviously, you can just drive on any major road in town and you’ll see these signs,” said Andrew Barksdale, spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Barksdale said those signs could cost $2 million to replace.

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“We would not be able to change them overnight or immediately, upon a Fort Bragg name change. We would do it gradually. We will have to hire contracts,” Barksdale said.

Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act. This requires renaming all 10 US military installations named after Confederate soldiers, including Fort Bragg.

“Renaming a military post is a big deal and it will affect many road signs,” Barksdale said.

Barksdale said the cost of the panels will ultimately depend on the length of the new name.

For shorter names, a decal can be pasted over the current signage, while longer names may require newer, larger signs and more money spent.

“We have to maintain our infrastructure and we plan for that, and we budget for that. But we haven’t budgeted to replace dozens and dozens and dozens of signs,” Barksdale said.

“It’s an unusual situation. You know, normally we’re responsible for our own road signs. But a name change of this magnitude, we would expect to get help from the federal government,” he said. he also stated.

A name change committee is sifting through nearly 90 names. They must submit a final recommendation to the US House and Senate Armed Services Committee by Oct. 1.

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