Washington (GNS)--Specifications for more than $3 million in contracts for rehabilitating Sampson Air Force Training Station will be advertised for bids by the Army Engineers' New York district office next Tuesday.

Closing date for bids will be December 21.

Work is expected to start before January 1.

Contract to restore the railroad on the Sampson reservation will be awarded also in New York City next Tuesday.

This information was furnished Gannett News Service yesterday by Col. E. P. Ketchum, the Army's district engineer.

Formal specifications now are being completed, Colonel Ketchum said. They will be advertised in a schedule of more than 100 units, with the estimated quantities for each unit, such as windows, floors, roofs, and other items.

The bids the advertisements will ask for "will be entirely for a rehabilitation job - no new construction or modernization," Colonel Ketchum explained.

They will not include construction of airport facilities. The money "definitely is available right now" for the big rehabilitation job, the colonel asserted.

"We hope to have occupancy for a cadre by Mar. 1, at the completion of the first phase of the work," said the district engineer.

Completion dates are so phased, he said, that the permanent personnel should be able to get equipment installed and begin to handle "some" troops by Apr. 1.