CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Camp Foster’s busy Kitamae Gate, off Highway 58, will close Aug. 1 for approximately six months, according to a Marine Corps release.

The closure, part of the plan to renovate all the camp’s entrances by January 2009, means some 4,500 to 5,000 motorists per day will have to remap their way to work, schools and shops.

Also scheduled to close Aug. 1 is the Sergeant Major’s Gate (Gate 1B), in the Kishaba Family Housing Area, which is open a few hours a day in the morning and afternoon for school bus and commuter traffic.

Renovations for the Kitamae Gate (Gate 5) are expected to cost about $941,000, according to a Marine spokesman. Upgrading the Sergeant Major Gate will cost about $780,000.

“The other gates aboard Camp Foster will remain open at their current times,” 1st Lt. Garron Garn said in an e-mail. “The Spot Gate should be a good alternative to the Kitamae Gate, and the Building 1 Gate would be an alternative to the Sergeant Major Gate.”

Future gate closures include:

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