Pence closing on weekends
Walker, Kingman, reducing hours
Employees, residents and visitors to Belvoir are asked to use Tulley Gate, once
Pence Gate closes for the weekends, beginning April 7.
For other changes in gate hours, read below.
By Adrienne Anderson
Fort Belvoir gates will undergo a change in hours beginning April 7.
“The change in hours of operation is due to the need to address and realign our manpower resources, especially the Department of the Army Security Guard resources,” said Johnnie Kibler, Belvoir police chief.
“We’ve been stretching our security force for more than a year, now, to maintain manning at our gates.”
Pence Gate will be closed on weekends, and re-opens at 5 a.m. Mondays.
Walker will change to 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., weekdays.
Kingman Gates will reduce its hours to 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., 7 days a week.
“This new schedule will be more in line for the security force we are resourced for at Belvoir,” Kibler said. “With our most recent traffic studies, we find people are avoiding Tulley, but that’s also now our quickest access point, during morning and evening rush hours.
“When Tulley became the 24-hour gate, the deliverers changed their schedules. That, and a lane re-configuration we did a while ago, has really changed Tulley for drivers,” he said.
Kibler added that lights and signals in the area will be adjusted for the best traffic flow.
Belvoir Commissary and Exchange customers and hospital patients, visitors and staff should remember use Tulley Gate after 6 p.m., for entering and exiting the installation.
Adjusting gate hours helps maintain the morale of the guard staff and their families, he added. Travelers are advised to use Tulley Gate, which has access for commercial use and visitors; and is, typically, one of the least-used gates.