Soldiers and staff at Butts Army Airfield and the Wilderness Road complex will have easier access to work following the opening of Gate 19 Wednesday.
The gate will be open to all Department of Defense identification cardholders Monday-Friday from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Located off of Interstate 25, the gate opening will reduce the travel time for those working near the airfield.
Gate 19 will help shift some traffic away from the heavily traveled Specker Avenue-Titus Boulevard-Butts Road corridor, according to Joe Wyka, Directorate of Public Works Engineering Division chief.
Getting the project moving required a collaborate effort, which ultimately saved Army dollars.
The 52nd Engineer Battalion constructed more than two miles of improved gravel access road leading to the Gate 19. Final touches are being provided by the DPW base operations and maintenance contractor, Fort Carson Support Services, who is installing road signs to ensure the route is easy to follow.
A contractor completed construction on a new Gate 19 guard structure to ensure a functional access control point to Fort Carson.
Once the combat aviation brigade arrives, Gate 19 will support approximately 2,500 vehicles per day going to the area, based on a Fort Carson Comprehensive Transportation Study 2012 update.
Improvements to Charter Oak Ranch Road, which provides a direct, 1.5-mile connection between Exit 128 on I-25 and Gate 19, are planned in a partnership effort between Fort Carson and El Paso County as soon as funding becomes available.
Call DPW at 526-9267 for more information.