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SR 444 CLOSURE INFORMATION|
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FAQS on the closure of SR 444 between Area A and Kittyhawk
What is closing?
The portion of the four lane highway between the Wright-Patt Commissary and the Dayton-Yellow Springs intersection will permanently close to through traffic October 9. This will join Kittyhawk and Area A into a single area.
When is it closing?
The road will close on both ends October 9. The fence will be brought across the current SR444 behind the Exxon Station on the south end and behind the Commissary on the north end.
The current Gate 1A will stay open until the new interim gate is built adjacent to the Commissary. When the new gate is ready, the old gate will close and the new gate will be designated Gate 1A. We expect the new gate to open in mid-November.
Why is it closing:
Base officials cite this project an important development in improving the security of our Airmen by removing a state route running through the installation. Closing this stretch of road also reduces the number of entry control points which will save valuable dollars as we bring our gates in compliance with current security standards.
How do I get to the BX or Commissary?
Once the road closes after October 9, the current Gate 1A will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. While the new gate is being constructed, traffic will be able to enter in the current Gate 1A or through Gate 12A 24/7.
Once SR 444 is closed and Area A and Kittyhawk are joined, Gates 8, 9 and 38 will be inside the base fenceline and no longer manned. Those three gates will be open 24/7 to allow free flow of traffic between Area A and Kittyhawk. Signs will be placed at Gate 12A and the current Gate 1A directing traffic to the Hospital and Kittyhawk area (BX, Commissary, etc.)
Will traffic get backed up at the gates during construction?
We expect some growing pains during construction and advise anyone coming to Area A during peak hours to allow extra time. Our 88th Security Forces will be monitoring traffic and are prepared to adjust lanes and manning to maintain a smooth traffic flow.