Beginning July 7, the Southwest Gate, which has been operational under limited hours, will close permanently.
The gate is being closed to enhance installation security, improve pedestrian safety for children walking to and from school, and to maximize security forces manpower and resources. The closure of the Southwest Gate will have no impact on the hours at the pedestrian school gate that leads to Hill Field Elementary.
During peak traffic hours, around 1,400 drivers per day use the Southwest Gate, which gives Hill AFB residents and employees convenient access to Clearfield, Layton and the elementary school.
When the gate closes, base officials are asking drivers to be patient. There will be an initial effect on peak-hour traffic at the other gates while commuters adjust to new traffic patterns. The new outbound lanes recently completed at South Gate Drive and Balmer Avenue should help significantly with end-of-shift and lunchtime traffic. The base intends to fulfill all bargaining obligations with the union.
Prior to the final gate closure, signs will be posted near the gate, and reminders will be published in the Hilltop Times and on the base’s website and official Facebook page.
On July 7, Hill AFB gate hours will be: South Gate: 24/7; Roy Gate 24/7; West Gate 4 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday.