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GATE CONSTRUCTION AT FORT INDIANTOWN GAP


Work is underway on the first of two planned access-control points at Fort Indiantown Gap.

The Main Gate and a visitors center will be located on Fisher Avenue near the intersection of Biddle Drive. The project is expected to be completed in March 2023.

Construction on the second ACP, known as the East Gate, is expected to begin in the first half of 2023 and will take about a year to complete. The East Gate will be located on Fisher Avenue near the intersection with Quartermaster Road.

Construction of both gates will result in traffic pattern changes and detours on Fisher Avenue. Public notice will be made when construction will impact traffic patterns.

In addition to the Main Gate and East Gate, a gate will also be built on Clement Avenue at its intersection with Asher Miner Road. This gate will be used for controlled access by installation maintenance, the fire department and military vehicles only.

After the 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. Construction of the 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.

 

TIMELINE (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

December 2021 - Preliminary work begins on main ACP and visitors center site
X April 2022 - Begin construction on visitors center building
X April 2022 - Partial closure of Fisher Avenue
X May 2022 - Begin construction on ID check canopy and search canopy
June 2022 - Begin construction on gate house building
June 2022 - Full closure of Fisher Avenue
September 2022 - Main ACP structures complete
February 2023 - Main ACP construction complete
March 2023 - Main ACP open
March 2023 - Award east ACP contract
July 2024 - East ACP complete

 

NEWS

Section of Fisher Avenue to close for Fort Indiantown Gap gate construction project (June 22, 2022)
Two lanes of Fisher Avenue to close temporarily for gate construction project (May 6, 2022)
Two lanes of Fisher Avenue to close for Fort Indiantown Gap gate construction project (April 14, 2022)
Gate construction begins at Fort Indiantown Gap (Dec. 13, 2021)

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Why is this being done?
A: To secure Fort Indiantown Gap, which is one of the only U.S. military installations without access-control points. After Sept. 11, 2001, the Department of Defense mandated tighter security at military installations, including access-control points.

Q: Have FTIG officials discovered new threats in the local area they are trying to defend themselves against?
A: This project has actually been planned for many years, since access-control points were mandated on DoD installations after Sept. 11, 2001. Construction has been delayed several times and is now finally starting. 

Q: When will the gates be finished and the base secured? 
A: The east gate is projected to be finished in July 2024. After that, Fort Indiantown Gap will become a controlled-access installation.

Q: Will Clement Avenue remain open at Asher-Miner Road?
A: No, a third gate will be built there. That gate will only be accessible to military vehicles, emergency vehicles and installation maintenance. 

Q: Has Fort Indiantown Gap been unsafe or at-risk this whole time?
A: Physical security is currently handled at the individual and unit level. There are also dedicated safety personnel here as well as the FTIG Police who have ensured that service members and civilians who work or train at FTIG can do so safely. 

Q: How much of a delay should I anticipate when I come in for drill and annual training?
A: Personnel manning the checkpoints will be trained to handle incoming vehicles as efficiently as possible. However, you should plan for delays getting on the installation. Unit chains of command should also inform their personnel to anticipate delays. 

Q: Will buses transporting troops need to be marked in a special way?
A: A person driving a government vehicle or any vehicle on the installation must comply with laws and regulations and may be required to show registration information, valid ID and/or record of a safety inspection. Units will coordinate these or further requirements with the installation before scheduled training. 

Q: Will the public still be able to access Fort Indiantown Gap after the gates are finished?
A: Yes, there will be a process by which the public will be able to gain access to the installation, but that exact process hasn’t been finalized yet. The public will still be invited here to visit the Pennsylvania National Guard Military Museum, the Community Club, static displays of retired vehicles and various memorials.

Q: Will the gates affect access to Memorial Lake State Park or Indiantown Gap National Cemetery?
A: No, the gates will not affect access to Memorial Lake State Park, Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Marquette Lake, the Keystone Conference Center or Fort Indiantown Gap’s hunting and fishing areas.

Q: How will this impact hunting check-in procedures?
A: Fort Indiantown Gap is working to relocate the hunter check-in location so that it will be outside of the perimeter fence. The new location will be announced to the public once it is completed.

Q: How will members of the media gain access to the installation?
A: As in the past, members of the media will coordinate with the public affairs office and be escorted on to the installation.

 

Updated June 28, 2022