Directorate of Emergency Services release
At a recent community meeting involving Fairfax County Public Schools, Fort Belvoir residents and garrison staff, there were a number of questions about the status of Meeres Gate and whether or not it would be open to accommodate traffic associated with Fort Belvoir Elementary School. Meeres Gate is no longer safe to use because of the speed and volume of traffic along Jeff Todd Way. Additionally, the gate does not comply with Defense Department standards for force protection and anti-terrorism measures in place at all of Belvoir’s other access control points. Also, the Department of the Army’s resourcing plan does not consider the use of Meeres Gate when it evaluates the number of gate guards authorized at Belvoir.
Due to numerous traffic safety, force protection, infrastructure and manpower issues, it is not feasible to open Meeres Gate in any capacity.
As mitigation, the current Route 1 widening project includes a plan to reconfigure Leiber Gate to access North Post. Plans call for the new Leiber Gate to open by spring 2017 and, just as with all of Belvoir’s gates, Fairfax County Public School buses will be able to enter and exit post there.