I appreciate everyone’s continued patience during this transition. We knew that closure of the Southwest Gate would impact traffic at the other gates. We also realized the initial adjustment period would be uncomfortable for most of us.
We conducted a thorough analysis and looked at many options before arriving at a decision to close the gate. With this change, our Defenders are doing their very best to balance safety and security requirements, while accommodating a quick entry onto the installation.
Some of these changes include extending the length of shifts for our Defenders to better provide security for the installation and our personnel, and making every effort to have at least one Defender in each of the available traffic lanes during peak traffic hours.
In addition to these efforts, we have reached out to the Utah Department of Transportation and local authorities for assistance in getting people on and off the installation.
During peak hours, we encourage commuters to look for other ways of easing congestion by considering an alternate gate, asking your leadership/supervisor if staggering your work shift is possible, starting your commute earlier, or using UTA incentives like van pools and buses.
Again, we recognize this initial change is an inconvenience, but expect over time, traffic congestion will ease up as people adjust to the closure. The gate closure decision was not made lightly. We have considered many options and will ultimately do what is best for the safety and security of those who live and work here.