North Gate to close for renovation

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Story from Staff Reports, 2nd Bomb Wing Public Affairs

 

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE — A construction project will begin Dec. 2 that will result in the closing of the Bossier Gate to automobile traffic for up to four months.

The gate, also known as North Gate, will be receiving upgrades to improve base security and working conditions for 2nd Security Forces Defenders. As the second busiest entry/exit point to and from base, this closure is anticipated to cause significant disruptions to traffic flow during peak hours, according to base leadership.

“All options have been explored to lessen the impact of this construction,” said Col Andrew Gebara, 2nd Bomb Wing commander. “We will continue to evaluate the situation as the project moves forward and re-open the gate as soon as possible.”

In the meantime, a range of efforts are scheduled to be implemented Dec. 2 to help alleviate the traffic crunch, to include:

– Bodcau Gate will open from 0530-1930 to allow Haughton-area traffic and East Reservation residents easier access to/from base.

– The Wilbur Wright bypass – adjacent to the Shreveport Gate Visitor’s Center – will open from 0600-0830 to alleviate traffic pressure on the Shreveport (West) Gate.

– Pedestrian traffic will continue to be allowed through the Bossier (North) Gate from 0630-1700 to allow visitors convenient access to the Barksdale Global Power Museum and encourage Airmen who walk to work from nearby apartments to continue to do so.

Gebara is also encouraging supervisors to evaluate whether their workplaces can accommodate staggered reporting times and asks all Airmen to consider carpooling if possible.

Additionally, the base has partnered with local off-base agencies and law enforcement to ensure that traffic light lengths are re-evaluated to aid the change in traffic flow.

Airmen and their families, retirees, and others who rely on the base, are encouraged to check the official base Web site at www.barksdale.af.mil for updates on the progress of this project.