Roadwork keeps 2 Osan gates closed
Stars and Stripes May 4, 2008
OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — The former Beta Gate at Osan Air Base will remain closed to traffic until mid-May because of delays that cropped up in a repaving project, officials said Friday.
In addition, the base Main Gate will be closed until at least Tuesday for repaving and repairs.
But the Doolittle and AFOC gates will remain open 24 hours a day, and pedestrian traffic at the Main Gate will not be affected, base spokesman Capt. John W. Ross said.
The Beta Gate, which was renamed the Morin Gate at an April 29 ceremony, had been projected to reopen April 30.
Officials closed it March 15 as part of a $235,000 project so workers could repave a three-block section of Beta Gate Road, which runs from Morin Gate to the base’s Perimeter Road.
But once crews dug up the pavement, they found they’d have to change their plans, Ross said.
“We needed to use different material for the top layer of pavement than we had at first anticipated, which made the final layer more work-intensive that we thought,” he said.
The Main Gate will reopen at 5 a.m. Tuesday, circumstances permitting, he said.
“This is a scheduled maintenance, and it was not intended to overlap with the Morin Gate, but our delays have caused the two projects to overlap,” Ross said.
While the Main Gate work is in progress, military units have been asked to stagger the times they require personnel to report for work.