WIESBADEN, Germany - The sun was already shining on the new access control point, noted Col. David Carstens, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden commander, as the garrison broke ground on its latest construction project on Clay Kaserne.

Members of the garrison, Europe District Corps of Engineers, Hessisches Baumanagement and German building contractors took part in a sunny afternoon ceremony March 12 to officially begin construction of the new access control point, which eventually will serve as the sole ACP on Clay Kaserne. Currently, there are three.

In the meantime, the three ACPs will remain open. Beginning April 4, a traffic light will be in place at the groundbreaking to the right of the traffic circle and traffic will be rerouted. Signs will direct drivers to the south gate, main gate and truck gate. Drivers are encouraged to use the south gate in the evening to exit as it will be designated as the priority road.

Construction of the $5.65 million ACP will begin immediately. It will have three lanes with ID checkpoints, with an additional lane for truck traffic providing greater relief during commuting times. It will also have pedestrian access, giving additional options to pedestrians getting on and off post.

"I have no doubt this future access point will provide greater convenience with the smoother passage of traffic in and out of the post," said Lt. Col. Charles Hemphill, deputy commander of the Corps of Engineers, Europe District.

"As a fellow service member who has driven through these gates often, I understand the continued need to maintain our security standards as well as making life easier for the hard-working service members and their families here at Clay Kaserne," Hemphill said.

The project was authorized and approved in Fiscal Year 11 but went through several redesigns and waiver requests to comply with Army standard design and remain within budget. Hemphill acknowledged German contractors and the Wiesbaden garrison team for their help with the project.

Carstens thanked Corps of Engineers employees Lalit Wadhwa, chief of programs for the district; and Michelle Syed, district project manager, for their coordination and diligence. He also recognized Karl Strack, HBM, for leading the MILCON design and construction management.

Construction of the new ACP is scheduled to be completed by the end of December 2014.