The numbers of workers on post has increased – ever so slightly – from where it was a couple of weeks ago, which has led some to ask when will Gate 3 and Gate 10 be open.
Redstone leaders closed the gates when the post entered Health Protection Condition Bravo. According to Garrison Commander Col. Kelsey Smith, there are still about two steps the Arsenal needs to take before opening the gates back up.
“When we do open Gate 3 and Gate 10, you will notice that quite a bit of construction has taken place in coordination with the city and Huntsville utilities,” he said. “We’ve repaved Patton Road. So, your entry off of 565, driving all the way up to Gate 10, is going to be smooth. And likewise, the construction going out at Haysland Park that was interfering with Gate 3 is nearing completion. So, when we do open Gate 3, it’ll be a much better transition for all of us.”
Smith elaborated on what had to happen before it’s reopened.
First, the Garrison will increase the number of guards at the gates currently in operation, increasing the ability to process more people through those gates.
Then as those gates see increased demand, Smith said they would seek to open gates 3 and 10.
“So, in the process of keeping that gate closed and inconveniencing some of us, because I use Gate 3, too. Well, we’ll have a better product when we do open back up,” Smith said.