Vance to close main gate beginning Jan. 20 for upgrades

Hairston Gate, commonly known as the main gate at Vance Air Force Base and seen in this aerial photo, will close for an estimated 45 days beginning Jan. 20 for gate upgrades.

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — Vance Air Force Base will close its main gate to make upgrades, for an estimated 45 days beginning Jan. 20.

Jeffrey Simon, deputy director of the 71st Installation Squadron, in an email provided by Vance public affairs, said the gate, officially called the Hairston Gate, will be closed to add traffic control arms, improved vehicle barriers and additional cable barriers.

During the main gate work, which is expected to stretch into March, all traffic will use the west industrial gate, also known as the Baker Gate. The visitor center will remain open during the gate project.

Once the main gate work is complete, similar work will commence on the Industrial/Baker Gate, with a projected start date of March 9. That project also is expected to last 45 days. During that work, all traffic will use the main gate.

Total cost for both gate improvement projects is $1,032,150, according to the information provided by Vance public affairs.

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