We received a number of comments regarding the closure of the West Gate on Sept. 4, the Friday leading up to the Labor Day weekend.
I want to sincerely apologize as we did not properly inform the base populace of the closure. Although gate hours are posted at the West Gate entrance, I agree that we should have done a better job advertising the fact that the West Gate is not open on AFMC Family Days.
We are internally reviewing closure and service reduction rules of engagement for various functions related to these events.
The base is making it easier and safer for pedestrians on the installation’s west side to get on and off the base.
The 75th Security Forces Squadron is now processing all base passes through the South Gate Visitor Control Center.
Question: I would like to know why after spending all of our taxpayers' money in building that new West Gate we still have traffic backed up on the north exit all the way to I-15. This is a safety hazard. Eventually someone is going to get hurt. Three lanes were put in at the gate however only two were being used this morning. We used to have two guards on each lane and now we only have one. This is not sufficient for the amount of traffic that comes through that gate in the morning. This morning it took me 17 minutes to get through the gate.
Now that entry control has moved to the new West Gate, work remains to be done as the old "M" Street is reconfigured and cleanup of the old gate area is completed.
The former visitor center will remain open until the the new visitor center parking lot paving is complete.
Safety experts at Hill Air Force Base strongly urge caution throughout the West Gate area and the Building 1200 series as motorists and pedestrians become accustomed to the new traffic patterns.
Entry control has moved to the new West Gate. The old visitor center will remain active until the contractor is able to pave the new visitor center parking lot, sometime in mid April.
Traffic patterns on "M" Street could change daily. Please be alert in the construction zone.
The West Gate traffic plan during demolition of the old West Gate and final work on "M" Street will begin with closures on the following Fridays: April 13, April 20, April 27 and May 4. The closures will start Thursdays at 10 p.m. and continue through Monday morning at 4 a.m. The Friday closures allow the contractor to work without traffic on three consecutive days on these weekends.
The Hill Air Force Base Chief of Safety Lt. Col. Nathan Myers reminds all drivers and pedestrians at Hill Air Force Base to use extreme caution in the new West Gate area.
The Installation Chief of Safety issued the caution and said anyone traveling through the area is advised to do so by vehicle and not on foot. The cautionary period is set to last through May when construction is anticipated to be finished.
Myers urges all pedestrians walking between buildings to remain vigilant and never assume an approaching vehicle sees them.
Entry control will move to the new West Gate once the new base boundary is complete and security forces are comfortable with the new gate facility. The old visitor center will remain in use until the contractor is able to pave the new visitor center parking lot, at which time the visitor center functions will move to the new gate.
Changes continue near the Building 1200 series and the West Gate. At this point a three-way stop has been added at the intersection of Wardleigh Road and Colorado Street. A four-way stop at Georgia Street and Wardleigh was also planned in order to ensure entry into the 1200 Building series for motorists going north on Wardleigh.
Dogwood Lane no longer allows access into the lower 1200 Building series from "M" Street. The only way to access that area is either through the ramp in the middle of the 1200 series or via Georgia Street.