TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Wednesday marked a construction kickoff for the next enhancement to Tyndall Air Force Base.
The completed project is expected to look like the photo above. (WJHG/WECP)
"If you look at what's in store for Tyndall now in the future, this is going to be a really, really dynamite installation," said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
According to the Florida Department of Transportation, approximately 36,000 drivers travel along Highway 98 through Tyndall everyday.
"Many of you who live here know how that can get backed up and it's not something that is the most efficient thing in the world," said Governor DeSantis.
Now the state is working to accommodate all of those drivers with a new $20 million flyover, which will elevate traffic over Airey Avenue and Tyndall Drive - the roads that lead to the main gate.
"We think that that will alleviate traffic not only for the folks getting on the base and make that more efficient, but also for the broader community," said Governor DeSantis.
After Hurricane Michael's destruction, Governor DeSantis says this new construction is something to help keep Tyndall Air Force Base on the map for years to come.
"It shows that this is a long term commitment and it shows this base is going to be part of this community for decades to come," said Governor DeSantis.
With this new flyover, the area will also be more pedestrian friendly.
"You're going to see airmen walking or maybe riding their bicycles to and from the north side of the base where they're going to work for the first time," said Colonel Brian Laidlaw of the 325th Fighter Wing Air Combat Command.
"For the folks of Northwest Florida and Tyndall, we remain committed to the region and we remain committed to this rebuilding effort here at the base," said Governor DeSantis.
The project is expected to be completed by late 2021.
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