New commercial vehicle gate coming to Robins Air Force Base

A building was recently demolished to make way for the new commercial vehicle door.

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – Robins Air Force Base is currently under construction where a warehouse has been demolished to make way for a new project.

Security’s Charles Smith says the new three-lane gate will reduce traffic on Highway 247, which is generally busiest between 6 a.m. and 12 noon.

“We’re designing and building a new commercial vehicle search pit that will make it safer to get the 200 average vehicles that used to be on Highway 247 off the highway and into base,” said Smith.

He says these vehicles are undergoing an overhaul to ensure the safety of the base.

“As soon as a commercial vehicle enters the gate, the first thing they will go through is our new mobile X-ray scanner … which detects contraband or personnel hidden in artificial cavities and can detect organic material or metal material too,” he said.

Louis Lilley, assistant civil engineer at the base, says they partnered with the Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District on this project. The assembly Hensel Phelps digs.

“The contractor is currently doing a lot of construction site work at the beginning. As you can see, we will be doing more vertical construction on rain, underground and utility operations and around April or May,” said Lilley.

Both Smith and Lilley agree that this new goal is desperately needed.

“This is going to be a huge benefit. We’ll be able to speed things up and get people on the ground and access them a lot faster than we ever could,” said Smith.

“We look forward to completing this project. It will take a long time to get the installation and community in place,” said Lilley.

The project is expected to be completed by December 2021. According to Lilley, the project is worth nearly $ 9.8 million.

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