Fort Stewart gate construction steers motorists to alternate routes
March 25, 2010
<b>FORT STEWART, Ga. </b> - For several months, motorists have experienced delays while driving onto and off Fort Stewart, but according to Arthur Weston, chief of physical security with the Directorate of Emergency Services, those delays can be avoided if more drivers would choose alternate routes.
Gates 2, 3, 5 and 8 have already or are currently under construction. Yesterday, construction began at Gate 1 with completion of a new canopy taking until June 24. Knowing delays are inevitable as three lanes of inbound traffic are reduced to one, Westin advises motorists to choose a different route onto and off the base.
In order to reduce traffic congestion at Gate 1, he said Gate 2 is being re-opened for inbound and outbound traffic from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Gate 7 is also open for inbound and outbound traffic.
"What we're doing at Gate 1 is the same thing we did at Gates 2, 3 and 5," explained Weston. "We're building a new canopy that will extend all the way over the gate access points. Even though the old canopy (on Gate 1) was permanent, we had to take it down, and we're building a new canopy like the other gates so each of the gates will look somewhat similar."
With construction at Gate 8 expected to be completed by April 9, Weston said access onto and off Fort Stewart will be a little easier in a few weeks. Until then, however, motorists are asked to be patient, and when possible, choose a different route to work and back home.