Garrison Commander says Arsenal traffic flow should improve despite heightened security

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REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (WHNT) - The Garrison Command says drivers should expect delays in the coming days as they head on to Redstone Arsenal, but the situation should be better than it was Monday morning.

Traffic was very slow approaching the major gates, including Gate 9/Research Park Boulevard, Martin Road and Redstone Road. In some cases, the traffic was backed up for miles.  The delays are due to heightened security at all U.S. military installations due to the threat of ISIS.

In a news conference Monday, Colonel William Marks said his team's focus remains on maintaining the safety of the Arsenal community and workforce.  However, he says his office will release more specific guidance to cut down some of the long waits.

"Once we standardize that, we should see a smoother flow," said Col. Marks.  "We'll continue to monitor that to make sure we maintain that balance between
security and access."

Col. Marks said one thing drivers can do is have all windows down when they reach the gate.  This way, guards can see inside the vehicle more clearly.

"Be ready, be courteous to your teammates, drive friendly and allow people to merge.  Be as ready as you can for when you interface with a guard," said Col. Marks. "He or she is going to want to see your ID.  They'll check inside your vehicle. Having your windows open will help speed that process up considerably."

Col. Marks said he doesn't think Monday's long delays are the "new norm."  He says his team will make adjustments and asks for drivers' patience while they do so.

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