JBC to open new runway with ribbon cutting

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JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- After a year under construction, the new runway at Joint Base Charleston is ready to reopen.

A special ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for August 7 at 9 a.m.

The construction on the over 50-year-old runway started last summer. The new runway is 9,000 feet long, 150 feet wide and 18 inches thick. It cost over $40 million to complete.

JBC shares the runway with Charleston International Airport.

Improvements included LED lighting fixtures, improvedinfrastructure for navigational aids and an updated aircraft arresting systemused to safely recover fighter aircraft experiencing mechanical issues.