Roy Gate construction starts after South Gate reopens

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Hill workers can rejoice — the South Gate is scheduled to reopen at 12:01 a.m. May 15.

The gate is one of the base’s main traffic arteries and was closed for eight weeks for the installation of new speed tables to help calm traffic flow and wedge barriers that can be deployed to prevent unauthorized vehicle access to the installation.

Once the South Gate reopens, the East and Southwest Gates will again be closed to all traffic.

Additionally, visitors will be able to access the South Gate Visitor Center between 5 a.m. and midnight, Monday through Friday. The West Gate Visitor Center, which opened during the construction period, will be closed.

Hill AFB civil engineers said there’s only one more major gate project scheduled to occur this year. 

The Roy Gate will begin operating at reduced capacity May 17-June 5 to allow workers to install wedge barriers.

As a result, inbound and outbound lane traffic at the Roy Gate will be affected. Commercial traffic will still use the Roy Gate. A temporary inspection area will be set up adjacent to the existing inspection area. During the Roy Gate construction period, employees and visitors are encouraged to use the South and West Gates, especially during the installation’s Monday-Friday peak traffic hours between 4:30 a.m. and 8 a.m., and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Beginning May 15, gate hours of operation:

• South Gate is open 24/7.

• West Gate is open 4 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday. The gate is closed weekends, federal holidays and Nov. 25, 2016, the day after Thanksgiving.

• Roy Gate is open 24/7; however, lane restrictions will occur May 17-June 5. Employees and visitors are highly encouraged to use the West and South Gates during this time.

• Southwest Gate is closed.

• East Gate is closed.

Visit www.hill.af.mil for project updates and a full-sized map.