Gate construction project moving forward

To help relieve traffic congestion, base officials have opened the Museum of Aviation gate for outgoing traffic from 3 to 5:30 p.m. (U.S. Air Force photo)

To help relieve traffic congestion, base officials have opened the Museum of Aviation gate for outgoing traffic from 3 to 5:30 p.m. (U.S. Air Force photo)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

As the three-phased gate construction project continues to move ahead on schedule, base officials continue to make adjustments to improve the traffic flow for Team Robins motorists.

The most current change include the addition time for outbound traffic at the Museum of Aviation Gate. In addition to being open from 5:30 to 8 a.m., the gate is now open for outbound traffic Mondays through Fridays from 3 to 5:30 p.m. The change is designed to help alleviate some of the outbound traffic at the other gates.

Another change was the alteration of evening hours at the Martin Luther King Gate. The gate now closes at 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. After 7 p.m. motorists are asked to use the Watson Gate.

Starting Nov. 28, construction will move to the Green Street Gate. This part of the construction, like the Russell Parkway Gate phase, is expected to last 21 days.

During that time period, The MLK Gate will remain open from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. For morning Traffic five lanes will be used for inbound traffic until 8 a.m.; and two lanes will be open for outbound until 7 p.m. The Russell Parkway Gate will resume normal operations; the Watson Gate will also conduct business as usual.

To further assist in relieving traffic, the Air National Guard Gate will be open from 5:30 to 8 a.m. for inbound northbound traffic only. It will also be open for outbound (northbound traffic only) from 3 to 6 p.m.

The final phase of gate construction concerning the Watson Gate is slated to begin Jan. 5

 

During that portion of the construction, five lanes at the MLK Gate will be open from 5:30 to 8 a.m. to facilitate morning traffic.

 

Three to five lanes will also be open for inbound traffic until 7 p.m. with two outbound lanes open.
While the Watson Gate is closed, the Green St. Gate will have normal operations and the Russell Gate will be open 24 hours.

 

The construction being performed at the gates is a necessity to help ensure not only security but employee safety while traveling in and out of the base. Base leadership worked with local and state officials to maximize safety and minimize traffic hazards.

The construction involves the installation of traffic-calming devices and the installation of gate cameras.