REDSTONE ARSENAL (WHNT) - Work has already begun to relocate Gate 9 out at Redstone. The new gate will be located several yards back from the existing one, at the intersection of Rideout Road and Goss Road. “We’re still challenged with some funding and planning issues but what we’ve done so far is to build the bypass lanes which will go around the construction site, and we hope this will alleviate traffic concerns," says Chris Colster, a spokesman for Redstone Arsenal.
Moving Gate 9 is just step one in the long term vision the city has for the Redstone Gateway. Part of the plan could potentially include making it easier for people to get to the Links at Redstone. The new shops, offices and hotels in the Gateway are still owned by the U.S. Army, but the idea is to make unrestricted places more accessible. “The whole idea for the Gateway is the team concept of Redstone Arsenal. Everything that happens inside the gate relies on what happens outside and vice versa," says Colster.
Huntsville City Council unanimously approved the move Thursday night. The project is being partially funded by the Poarch Creek Indians, who are building a hotel in the Gateway area. Colster says funding and planning is still taking some time, but once that is resolved, work will begin, hopefully, with limited impact to Redstone drivers. “The idea is to use those bypass lanes on Rideout Road and have minimal impact on the traffic coming down Rideout Road into work," says Colster.
Redstone Arsenal officials couldn't give an official time table for when work will begin.