LVIS gate to stay open to private vehicles on weekdays

The Large Vehicle Inspection Site Gate at Ramstein Air Base will remain open to privately owned vehicles from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, 86th Airlift Wing officials said. The wing commander, Brig. Gen. Otis Jones, decided this month to allow private vehicles to keep using the LVIS gate, which is designed as a search gate for commercial vehicles. The gate reopened in February after a lengthy construction project. Following a 90-day observation period, the commander determined “there was a need for the community to use the gate and there were no safety concerns with traffic flow,” a base spokesman said in a statement Tuesday. Large commercial vehicles will continue to use the access road between L369 and the LVIS gate. Private vehicles are required to use the left lane when approaching the gate. Base officials encourage commuters to use the seven-lane ROBMC “Mario Kart” gate on the east side of base, where they say wait times during peak hours average a few minutes. The West Gate has an average wait time during the morning commute of about 10 to 15 minutes, officials said.

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