The opening of Gate 2 at Fort Gordon was delayed about 40 minutes on Wednesday morning, causing traffic backups for motorists trying to enter the Army post at the Gordon Highway and Robinson Avenue entrance.
According to a news release, the minimum number of guards were not on hand to open the gate at 5:30 a.m. To facilitate credentials for access and provide security for the gate, no fewer than two guards are required to open an access point on the base.
“After redistributing guards and military police to enable yesterday’s opening of Gate 2, even the loss of one person for a short period of time affects our ability to maintain service at our access points,” the release stated.
Because of civilian furloughs, the post originally chose to shut down Gate 2 and 3. The plan changed Monday after extensive wait times were experienced down the road at Gate 1.
Gate 2 is scheduled to be open from 5:30-9 a.m. Monday through Friday for inbound and outbound traffic and from 3-6:30 p.m. for outbound traffic.
“We regret that this adversely affected traffic in the area this morning, and we will continue to do our best to provide smooth access while maintaining the security of our installation,” the release stated.