ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - APG residents and personnel have long asked that the Harford Gate (Route 22) extend its hours for the convenience of motorists. The decision was made to maintain the current gate hours (Harford Gate closes at 7 p.m. on weekdays and holidays, and is closed all day on weekends) due to financial constraints.

"Increased hours at Gate 22 amounts to more funding in what is already a tough fiscal environment," said Chris Ferris, APG's Director of Emergency

Services. "But we do take seriously the concerns of our community and will relook the issue."

Ferris said the Harford Gate (Route 22) will open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 8-12 to conduct a traffic survey. "We will look at usage during the survey period, and other considerations, and the command will determine the feasibility of changing the gate hours in the future."