April 21, 2015
Naval Air Station Jacksonville is preparing to temporarily shut down its runway and use Cecil Airport for operation.
Officials said it's necessary to make needed repairs. The move comes less than a year after damage was caused by a sewer pipe on the runway.
The $50 million plan is to add a 1,000-foot overrun, concrete end caps, new asphalt and lighting. But in order to do that, they will have to shut down the main runway temporarily and move to Cecil Airport.
Rusty Chandler with Cecil Airport said they are ready for the change.
“For us, we're dealing with extra people in the parking lot, driving down our runways, extra aircraft, bringing in extra personnel,” Chandler said.
The project will start in June and will be finished in summer 2017.