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Fort Myer Gate Changes to Impact Cyclists

By ARLnow.com - ARLNow.com

Monday - 2/11/2013, 11:45am  ET

Bicycles at the Bike to Work Day pit stop in RosslynSecurity-related changes at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall that went into effect this past weekend may impact those who ride their bike through the installation.

JBMHH’s Wright Gate, at Marshall Drive and Meade Street, will now close to visitors at 6:00 p.m., seven days a week. (It still opens at 5:00 a.m.) Previously, visitors were allowed to use the gate until 11:00 p.m.

Now, only Department of Defense ID card holders will be able to access the gate through 11:00 p.m.

Additionally, two JBMHH gate are now officially, permanently closed: Henry Gate, at Route 50 and N. Pershing Drive, and the Henderson Hall Annex Gate, on Southgate Road.

Currently, only two gates are open 24/7 to visitors and DoD personnel: the Henderson Hall Main Gate at the intersection of S. Orme Street and Southgate Road, and the Hatfield Gate, at Washington Blvd and 2nd Street S.

The changes are expected to impact bike commuters, who sometimes commute through Wright Gate and JBMHH as a safer, less traffic-filled way to get home at night.

JBMHH personnel say the changes were necessitated by a money-saving congressional mandate, which required the base to use military police or federal civilian security guards at installation gates. Previously, the gates were patrolled by private security guards.

“This action has resulted in fewer personnel to man the gates,” said JBMHH spokeswoman Leah Rubalcaba.