JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - It's a big day for Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The base is finally set to reopening its runway that’s been closed for a year.
This has been a long-time coming. The closure of the runway for the past year meant that around 1,800 military personnel and nearly 40 aircraft were relocated to Cecil Airport.
There will be several upgrades. The biggest one is an extra one thousand feet added to the existing runway. This $50 million project first started last year. This is the first major renovation for NAS Jax's runway in half a century. According to Navy officials, the runway had bad cracks and there were problems with water pooling during rainstorms. Several aircraft were damaged as a result.
The ceremony for the opening starts Monday morning at 8 a.m. There is a lot of excitement about having our fixed wing squadrons and our 2,000 Sailors return to NAS Jax after their temporary relocation to Cecil Airport last June.
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