Eielson construction prepares for F-35 squadrons

Construction has begun on Eielson Air Force Base in preparation for the arrival of the F-35 jet squadrons.

Most of the construction is happening on the south side of the facility.
The Base has opened the south gate to allow for commercial vehicles and trucks to better access construction sites.

As of Friday afternoon, the South gate has been opened for commercial vehicles.
Weather shelters and maintenance hangers are going to be the main focus of the construction, as well as the Flight Simulator Facility.

F-35 Project Management Chief, Brett Brunner says this construction will benefit the economy now, and in the long run.

"It's an exciting time for the contractors in the local area because there's going to be a lot of work to be done over the next two, three years.
Next summer especially, that'll be the peak of our construction out here for F-35 so there's going to be a lot of work to be done around here that's good for the local economy and it's not good just in the short term for the build-up, but we're also going to be bringing quite a few people on to the base.
It's roughly 2,500 people or so that will be adding to the populace that's here on Eielson and that'll also bring more money into the community for local businesses in the long run as well."