Aurora VA Hospital 70 Percent Done, But No Completion Date Yet

A top leader with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says crews have made significant progress on the overdue VA medical center in Aurora.

But he gave no date for completion.

Project leaders say construction on the hospital is now 70 percent complete.

VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson, at the construction site on Wednesday, said that 1,000 workers are on site and that construction is moving ahead steadily. He also said the project is also now on track financially.

“We have no indication at this point that we’re going to need additional funding," Gibson said.

Final cost estimates have ballooned to $1.7 billion, nearly triple the amount the VA gave in 2014.

Ralph Bozella, past president of the United Veterans Committee of Colorado and a VA patient, said things have been moving well since Congress approved more funding last year.

“There’s over a thousand people working here," Bozella said. "Up until this thing was truly funded, I don’t thing they ever got over 750 people working here. There were always problems.”