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YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — Area II officials will begin a monthslong, two-phase renovation project at Gate 17 beginning Thursday, according to a news release.

During the first phase, the roughly 1,200 people who sign in daily at the gate’s visitor center will be directed to an adjacent building.

While they won’t see much of a difference other than a different building, parking will be affected.

“Gate 17 parking will be restricted to short-term, visitor center customers only,” Area II Emergency Services Operation Officer Jim North stated in the release. “We will be ticketing and booting violators.”

And work begins on the gate — and parking lot — on June 20, according to the release.

It will be closed through Sept. 20, meaning all traffic must use a different gate for three months.

“Pedestrians with valid access cards will still be able to use Gate 17,” North said. “But, vehicles or visitors will not be allowed.”

Visitors, guests, contractors and deliveries will be sent to Camp Coiner’s Gate 20 visitor center, according to the release.

When the project is finished, Gate 17 will feature four traffic lanes and additional parking at its visitor center.

And, “the pedestrian entrance will also be safer,” added Area II Public Works Director Michael Chung.

Area II Emergency Services Director Ricky Oxendine said in the release that the visitor center hasn’t been renovated since construction in the 1960s.

“It will put us in line with current regulations,” he said. “The end state will offer better security, enhanced pedestrian safety and with the renovated visitor center, a better quality of life for the Area II community.”

E-mail the Korea bureau at: koreabureau@pstripes.osd.mil

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