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By Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs Office
Two lanes of Fisher Avenue will temporarily close beginning Monday, April 18 as part of the ongoing access-control point construction project.
Motorists are advised that Fisher Avenue will go from four lanes down to two in the area of Biddle Road and should expect longer than normal travel times. The closures are expected to last about one week.
“We’re excited to see access-control point project progressing after years of delays,” said Lt. Col. Andrew O’Connor, acting garrison commander. “We urge motorists exercise caution in the area.”
Preliminary work started in December 2021 on the access-control point, the first of two planned at Fort Indiantown Gap. It represents Stage One of a multi-year project to secure the installation by 2024.
Stage One, which includes a gate and visitors center, is expected to take about a year to complete.
Stage Two, the east gate construction, is expected to begin in the first half of 2023 and will also take about a year to complete. The east gate will be located on Fisher Avenue near Quartermaster Road.
After both gates are completed and additional fencing is installed, Fort Indiantown Gap will become a controlled-access installation.
The access-control project has been planned for several years. After Sept. 11, 2001, the Department of Defense mandated tighter security at military installations, including access-control points. Since then, construction of access-control points at Fort Indiantown Gap has been delayed several times.
The gates will not affect access to Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Memorial Lake State Park, Marquette Lake, the Keystone Conference Center or Fort Indiantown Gap’s hunting and fishing areas.
Fort Indiantown Gap encompasses more than 17,000 acres in northern Lebanon and Dauphin counties. It is home to the headquarters of the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the Pennsylvania National Guard as well as numerous other tenant units. It is consistently among the busiest National Guard training centers in the country, hosting over 100,000 personnel for training annually.
Additional information is available on the Fort Indiantown Gap website, www.ftig.ng.mil/Gate-Construction/.