Fort Gordon Gate Closures To Begin Next Week

Gate Closures at Fort Gordon Blamed on Furloughs (Image 1)
Gate Closures at Fort Gordon Blamed on Furloughs (Image 1)

The Fort Gordon Public Affairs Office has release information regarding gate closures at the Post.

Read the text of the release below:

“Due
to the furlough of Fort Gordon's Department of Defense employees set to
begin next week, only Gate 1 and Gate 5 will be open for traffic to
enter and exit the installation beginning Monday.

Gate 1 is the
installation's main entrance, accessible from north of the installation
via the Jimmy Dyess Parkway. Gate 5 is accessible via Tobacco Road on
the southeast side of the installation.

Until further notice, all
other gates, including Gate 2 (off East Robinson Ave. in Grovetown) and
Gate 3 (for commercial traffic) will be closed. Commercial vehicles
must enter the installation through Gate 1.

While the other gates
are closed, Gate 1 will be open 24 hours a day, seven days each week.
Gate 5 will be open from 4:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. each day.

The
gate closures are required because Department of the Army security
guards will be furloughed one day each week, and overtime cannot be used
to make up the lost hours. As a result, the installation does not have
enough guards to keep all gates open. Under current Defense Department
policy, military personnel cannot be used to substitute for civilian
employees who are furloughed.

The closures will be in effect
starting at 4:30 a.m. Monday morning. Installation officials urge the
Fort Gordon workforce and local area motorists to plan for traffic
delays in the areas near Gate 1 and Gate 5, since all traffic entering
and leaving the installation will converge on those two access points.

'We
regret the inconvenience that this may cause our residents and
workforce as they enter and leave the installation,' said Col. Robert A.
Barker, Fort Gordon garrison commander. 'We also regret the disruptions
to local traffic this may create. However, while the furlough is in
effect, we have no alternative to closing these gates. We will return to
normal gate operating policies as soon as possible.'”

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