Construction of a subway line linking Dongducheon to Uijeongbu will disrupt traffic in and out of Camp Casey this month, 2nd Infantry Division and Area I officials said.

Camp Casey’s Gate 2 closed Monday and will reopen Oct. 27, according to a military news release.

The new $800 million Kyungwon subway line, which runs parallel to State Highway 3 and Camp Casey’s front fence, will allow Dongducheon residents to reach downtown Seoul in 90 minutes, Dongducheon City Road and Traffic Division chief Ko Chun-gi said Wednesday.

The subway, scheduled to open late next year, runs from Uijeongbu Subway Station to Suyu Mountain at the north end of Dongducheon with 10 stations along the way, including a stop near Camp Red Cloud. The nearest subway station to Camp Casey will be Bosan station, Ko said.

Trains will run on the new line every 10 minutes, replacing an hourly train service between Uijeongbu and Dongducheon, he said.

While Gate 2 is closed, all nontactical vehicle traffic and privately owned vehicles will be redirected in and out of either Gate 1 or the Camp Hovey Main Gate, according to the news release.

“The Camp Casey Rail Head Gate has been designated for access/egress by all tactical wheeled and track vehicles and for limited use by commercial vehicles three tons or higher,” the statement said.

The Gate 2 closure may cause delays on State Highway 3 in Dongducheon at the intersection outside of Gate 1 and in the vicinity of the Hovey Gate due to higher traffic volumes at those locations.

“To improve traffic flow Korean National Police will be present at the intersection outside of Gate 1. Additionally, traveling northbound on (State) Highway 3, barriers will be used to channel traffic for the last 60 meters (about 180 feet) of the right lane prior to the Gate 1 entrance to Camp Casey. This lane will be kept clear and reserved for vehicles turning into the main gate. The Camp Casey visitor parking area just outside of Gate 1 will be reserved for day laborers and small contractor vehicles,” the statement said.

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Seth Robson is a Tokyo-based reporter who has been with Stars and Stripes since 2003. He has been stationed in Japan, South Korea and Germany, with frequent assignments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, Australia and the Philippines.

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