Green Street gate now open 24 hours on weekdays

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  • By Wayne Crenshaw
  • 78 ABW/PA
A switch has been made in gate hours during the closure of the Watson Boulevard gate with Gate 1, the Green Street gate, becoming the 24-hour gate Monday through Friday. The Watson gate is closed for construction through Jan. 21.

Gate 5, the Martin Luther King Boulevard gate, will remain the 24-hour gate on Saturday and Sunday.

"This is what our employees wanted," said Col. Carl Buhler, installation commander. "The union president, Tom Scott, contacted me directly on this issue. We listened to the concerns he laid out and made the change. Collaboration with the union ensured we're doing what's best for the mission, and we're pleased with the results."

The MLK gate had been open 24/7 since the closing of the Watson gate, which has traditionally been the only 24/7 gate. The Watson gate is temporarily closed so security improvements can be made to the entrance.

The change in operational hours of the Green Street gate was made to accommodate those who work on the flightline, who are the primary people entering the base during early weekday morning hours. As of Dec. 9, the Green Street gate will be open 24 hours, from midnight Sunday until midnight Friday. It will be closed on weekends.

The MLK gate will be open 24 hours from midnight Friday to midnight Sunday. It will also be open Monday to Friday from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. (inbound traffic only) and noon to 6 p.m. (outbound traffic only). The hours will remain in effect until work on the Watson gate is completed.

Other current gate times are as follows:

Gate 15, the Air National Guard gate, which has the shortest wait times for entry during peak hours, is open for inbound traffic from 5:30 to 8:30 a.m. and for outbound traffic from 2 to 5 p.m.

Gate 14, the Russell Parkway gate, is open from 4:30 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and 5 a.m. to midnight on weekends.

Also, to help speed the flow of the traffic onto base, a change has been made to the carpool gate on North Davis Drive. Beginning Monday, cars with as few as two occupants will be able to use the gate.