REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - Just past Redstone Arsenal's Gate 9 is a construction zone, as crews prepare to move the gate back. The plan is to alleviate a safety problem of traffic backing up from the gate onto I-565. But to do that, construction continues and even more traffic pattern changes are coming.
"Pardon our dust while we improve," said Redstone Arsenal Garrison Commander Colonel Tom Holliday. "I understand that it's a little painful right now, but it will make the place better."
There's already a detour around the current construction zone, but another one is coming just past it. The newest changes will take effect October 8. Col. Holliday urges drivers to be watching for fluctuating lane changes, as traffic narrows down to two lanes for some important road work.
"The vehicle barrier which you typically drive over as you come in the gate? We've got to get another one in there for the new gate," Holliday explained.
The speed limits will also change from 35 to 25 for construction workers' safety. And here's your warning: "Fines are going to be doubled, and I will have DES (the Arsenal's Department of Emergency Services) out here, because we still unfortunately have a few people who still think the speed limits don't apply to them," said Col. Holliday.
He is optimistic about the impact these changes will have on traffic flow, and is looking forward to this summer when the gate is moved, the fence is pushed back, and the new road is ready. The new gate, being built right now, will have more lanes and allow more space for traffic to pool if there's a backup at the gate.