CAMP PENDLETON - Due to ongoing construction at the main gate, the traffic pattern for entering the base through the gate will be altered starting Feb. 1.
The base will maintain three inspection points, as per normal operating procedures, but motorists entering the base will travel an alternate route to these inspection points. The inspection points have been placed in a location to reduce traffic backups and lengthen the queue on base rather than out in town.
Once motorists enter the base through the main gate, two lanes will be diverted to the right and proceed behind the new guard shack and then be routed back onto Vandegrift Boulevard.
During rush hour, one additional lane will proceed straight through the main gate and will be a left turn only lane into Del Mar.
The focus of effort is to continue to maintain an appropriate security posture while reducing potential traffic problems that could impact the neighboring communities and the off ramp on I-5. This new phase of construction is expected to continue through July 2010.
Commuters may experience traffic delays during this period, which could cause additional traffic backups that could potentially impact local communities.
Camp Pendleton officials have taken all possible steps to mitigate negative effects during construction. These steps include additional on-base traffic modifications during peak hours which are designed to further mitigate off-base effects.
The end result of this front gate enhancement is to improve force protection for the base and minimize the impact of main gate traffic on our neighboring communities.
The base commander would like to thank both base residents and the surrounding communities for their patience and support.
For more information, go to http://www.cpp.usmc.mil/pendletonpoints.asp