Security upgrades at fort's Gate 5 force temporary traffic changes

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009 11:01 AM
Last updated 6:50 PM
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Traffic was backed up on Tobacco Road this morning as crews started construction on Fort Gordon’s Gate 5.

Only inbound traffic will be allowed in Fort Gordon’s Gate 5 off Tobacco Road Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. The change in traffic flow is due to a security upgrade at the entrance that begins today, according to a Fort Gordon news release. Two-way traffic will be allowed after 8:30 a.m. and on Saturday and Sunday. Crews will be making exceptions for school buses, the release said. The project is expected to be complete in late February or early March.

Marla Jones, a fort spokesperson, said the uprgrades had been planned since earlier this year to conform to Department of the Army standards for security.

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Hepkikyo
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Hepkikyo 11/17/09 - 12:23 pm
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Why didn't they do it right

Why didn't they do it right the last time? What a waste of money... again... How hard is it to post an armed guard and check an ID card anyway?

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cadam12 11/17/09 - 12:34 pm
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hepkikyo....these men and

hepkikyo....these men and women who are at the gates do morethan you think. they are the first line of defense on post.if you think that their sole job is to check id's then apply for the job.

Retired LTC
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Retired LTC 11/17/09 - 12:40 pm
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Hepkikyo....if you had 1/8 a

Hepkikyo....if you had 1/8 a brain you'ld be dangerous. Gate 5 was constructed in the 80s. Since then we've had this little thing called 9-11. All military installations are undergoing increased force protection measures as instructed by DoD. They just finished Gate 2. Now Gate 5, then main gate. It's more then checking ID's, it's putting in barricades, bullet proof huts and other things that your 1/8 brain couldn't understand. Fort Gordon was on the lower end of DoD installations getting these upgrades. It's decided who has priority (based on the mission of the installation) as $$ become available and FG was on low end. I probably short circuited your brain....sorry.

Edward1968
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Edward1968 11/17/09 - 12:44 pm
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Retired LTC, better check

Retired LTC, better check your facts about when that gate was last upgraded. In the 80's it still had the upgrade from the kiosk.

2 B JUST ME
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2 B JUST ME 11/17/09 - 12:46 pm
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Hepkikyo--(or did you spell

Hepkikyo--(or did you spell your name wrong..Hepzkinkko) you don't know what you are talking about...an armed guard as in one,,,hehehehe . They are making it where it does not hold up traffic but secure to. Thousands of cars per day travel in and out and sometimes there are 12-20 security guards on Gate one with 5 lines open in bound and it is still slow moving. Maybe you need a job to see what it's all about...lol

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Retired LTC 11/17/09 - 12:48 pm
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I said constructed. Not

I said constructed. Not upgraded.

Big_vike
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Big_vike 11/17/09 - 01:28 pm
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Either way, it was a mess.

Either way, it was a mess. They need to think of some better way to let the school buses out Gate 5 or reroute them out gate 1. They can't stop all inbound traffic (100's of cars) to let 1 school bus out.

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confusedchik 11/17/09 - 01:48 pm
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They are also having to stand

They are also having to stand out in the rain and cold weather doing their job. The new construction will include providing them with a large roof to work under as well as a cover for when you have to roll you window down to show them your ID.

Edward1968
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Edward1968 11/17/09 - 02:25 pm
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Gate 5 was "constructed" way

Gate 5 was "constructed" way before the 80's.

Retired LTC
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Retired LTC 11/17/09 - 02:39 pm
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Entrance was constructed way

Entrance was constructed way before 1980. The gate was constructed in 80s...don't put words in my mouth.

Hepkikyo
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Hepkikyo 11/17/09 - 02:58 pm
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Some of you may not remember

Some of you may not remember that prior to 9/11, gate 5 was two lanes, just like the bridge over highway 1. One in, one out. After 9/11, they upgraded it to 4 lanes, installed concrete and steel barriers, air conditioned guard shack, overhead cover on the right side coming in.... it was a major inconvenience, but a major improvement. If it was not good enough, then some one miss managed the project, and now we are going through this mess again. Retired LTC, you don't know what you are talking about.

Hepkikyo
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Hepkikyo 11/17/09 - 03:15 pm
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Look at the Google Satellite

Look at the Google Satellite images of Gate 5 and you can see that it was only two lanes, no shack... What we have today, is all new (post 9/11) construction...

Hepkikyo
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Hepkikyo 11/17/09 - 03:47 pm
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Retired LTC, - By the way, in

Retired LTC, - By the way, in my original post, I said "How hard is it to post an armed guard and check an ID card anyway?". That was sarcasm. I was a soldier for 20 years, and I've stood guard over an installation, during times of war before. I know exactly what it entails. Your crass comments regarding my intellect are very telling of your character. I've heard it said that anonymity can be a coward's way of hiding behind hurtful words. I think you may be a little full of yourself.

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disssman 11/17/09 - 04:33 pm
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Maybe retiredLTC will explain

Maybe retiredLTC will explain why there is no protection for the miles and miles of rusted rotten fences, unprotected, around the perimeter of the post. Honestly, if iI were a terrorist, the last place I would try to gain access is the main gate. What I would do is have someone drop me off about a mile from the gate and I would proceed, with my backpack which all soldiers wear now, thru the woods to my target which is also not guarded. Why do soldiers not pull guard duty anymore? If we really are worried about a terrorist attack, why are we interested in doing only the minimal effort to stop it?

Edward1968
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Edward1968 11/17/09 - 10:31 pm
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In reading his comments, I am

In reading his comments, I am convinced Retired LTC was NOT in the military or just likes to argue using erroneous information.

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