MCAS Main Runway Shut Down for Repairs

BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) - The main runway at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort is closing down for repairs.

Today construction crews shut down the 12,000-foot runway so they can do some resurfacing. For the next eight months, Marine and Navy squadrons at the air station will be using the its shorter 8,000-foot runway for their training.

The last time they did this was ten years ago. Officials say these $5.5 million repairs are necessary.

"There are already problems," said the airfield's operations manager, David Moore. "We get more what we refer to as foreign objects, damage from pieces of concrete coming up, pieces of asphalt flying up. You get the jets and it can cause damage that way. That's why you do it, that's why you maintain it."

During the next eight months, pilots will be using different routes. So people living on Lady's Island, Gray's Hill, Varnville and Hampton will hear more noise than they're used to.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey,