Security personnel will staff gates for additional hours to accommodate more vehicles entering and leaving the military installation, according to Fort Gordon’s public affairs office.
Staffing the gates has been problematic for the base because of funding cuts. Reduced hours and fewer open lanes have caused long traffic lines, especially during peak commuting hours.
Fort Gordon spokesman J.C. Mathews said the extended hours are not intended to reduce traffic backups, but as a convenience for commuters who can more easily use gates 2 and 5.
“However, these extended hours will reduce some traffic at Gate 1 during the new hours that the gates are open, since those commuters otherwise would have been required to converge on Gate 1,” Mathews said in an e-mail.
Fort Gordon Garrison Commander Col. Samuel Anderson said in a statement that mission units, who are not normally involved in base operations, are contributing service members trained to help with gate security. Even with the extended hours beginning Monday, Anderson said the gates still won’t be staffed at optimal levels.
“The simple fact is we don’t have enough gate guards to operate our gates at the hours we think our community needs,” Anderson said. “It took a lot of overtime from our guard force and assistance from our units just to keep them open on the previous, shorter schedule.”
The following schedule begins Monday:
Gate 1 (Gordon Highway at Jimmie Dyess Parkway): 24 hours daily
Gate 2 (Gordon Highway at Robinson Avenue): 4:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday to Friday
Gate 3 (Gordon Highway, used mainly for commercial traffic): 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday to Friday; outbound only 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Gate 5 (Tobacco Road): 4:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. daily.