Hwy 98 to close for aircraft transport Published Feb. 18, 2022 EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The 96th Range Group is scheduled to move a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter to Eglin Site A-85 requiring the closure of U.S. Hwy. 98 near Mary Esther Feb. 24, between 1 and 4 p.m. The closure, which is not expected to be more than 30 minutes, will take place on the South side of the highway near 2712 Hwy 98. Back-up dates are Feb. 25 between 1 and 4 p.m. The helicopter will be transported by a Navy amphibious landing craft. Motorists should avoid the area during that time. The vehicle is expected to create water vapor and a debris field of dirt and small rocks due to the pressurized air necessary to hover for the turn. The helicopter will be used for training. For more information and updates on road closures visit www.eglin.af.mil or contact Eglin Public Affairs at 882-3931.