YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Walkers and drivers won’t have to share Route 16 outside Yokosuka’s main gate after this January.

A pedestrian bridge will be finished early next year, with required construction closures starting this weekend, base officials said Friday.

Carney Gate, popularly known as the base’s main gate, will close from 2:00 a.m. to 3:30 a.m. Sunday, when traffic is at is lowest point, said Yuko Kobayashi, Yokosuka’s military liaison and civil affairs director.

The closure will allow workers to build a girder — a large support beam — that will help form the bridge across the street.

If the weather is too windy, the closure will be moved to Nov. 4 at the same time, Kobayashi said.

Driving lanes in both directions then will be closed between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. until construction is complete, Kobayashi said.

The project, being paid for by the government of Japan, was originally supposed to be finished in December but has been delayed a month, he said.

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