The announcement of a $7.9 million contract to overhaul a machine-gun range at Fort Devens in Ayer has opponents of the proposed machine gun range at Joint Base Cape Cod asking why Massachusetts Army National Guard officials didn’t mention that range during the Cape proposal’s review process.

On Sept. 29, a Stoughton-based company was awarded a $7,933,000 construction contract “to modernize and redesign” an existing automated multi-purpose machine-gun range at Fort Devens, according to Jaz Levario, Devens Reserve Forces Training Area public information officer. The project has an estimated completion date of Sept. 28, 2023.

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