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Mayport Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony

Navy News Service

Story Number: NNS130109-08

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Salt M. Cebe, Navy Public Affairs Support Element Southeast

MAYPORT, Fla. (NNS) -- Naval Station (NAVSTA) Mayport held a groundbreaking ceremony Jan. 9 to commence its base-wide expansion project.

The project includes improvements on several avenues on base in order to improve base capacity as well as the safety of the specific intersections.

'Not only are these improvements going to provide safer vehicular and pedestrian traffic, but it also shows the Navy's commitment to Mayport remaining a vital Navy hub well into the future,' said NAVSTA Mayport's Pubilc Affairs Officer, Chief Mass Communication Specialist William H. Townsend.

The current two-lane roads and four-way stop intersections are being transformed into boulevard-style roadways with two-lanes in each direction that are then going to be divided by a raised median.

'This project that we're working on here with the Navy is our single most important project in the Department of Defense arena,' said Pond and Company architect Michael Panczykowski. 'This is a major roadway improvement on a significant corridor on NAVSTA Mayport. It's an honor to work alongside the United States Navy.'

The Navy has big plans for the future of Naval Station Mayport. The base is strategically located and plays a major role in the Navy's sea power capabilities.

'The Department of Defense and the Department of the Navy are voting with their checkbook. What they're voting on is the strategic importance and the vital nature of NAVSTA Mayport,' said Capt. Douglas Cochrane, NAVSTA Mayport commanding officer. 'This is the only military road project that is taking place in the Navy right now. By 2020 you're going to see nearly twenty thousand people on this installation as well as over 20 warships and a tremendously bright future for NAVSTA Mayport.'

Since its commissioning in December 1942, Mayport has grown to become the third largest naval surface fleet concentration area in the United States.

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