JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – The first phase of road improvement construction at the D Street Gate on JBLM Lewis-North will begin next week. The second phase of construction which will include the temporary closure of the D Street Gate is scheduled to begin Feb. 7.
The purpose of the D Street Gate construction is to add an outbound traffic lane, and to correct road alignment. Currently, JBLM has one inbound lane and one outbound lane at the Lewis-North D Street Gate. The single outbound lane is not sufficient to handle the volume of traffic leaving the installation at the end of the work day. This project will provide for two out-bound lanes of traffic.
· The right lane will be a right-turn-only for traffic exiting the installation going to Lakewood.
· The left lane will be straight-only for traffic exiting the base going to DuPont-Steilacoom Road.
Secondly, East Drive, which is the road that runs from DuPont-Steilacoom Road to the gate, does not align properly with the D Street Gate entrance. The construction will align the two roadways, and once complete, should reduce the wait times for outbound traffic during the late afternoon rush hour.
D Street Gate will remain open for some of the construction. However, during the second phase of the construction D Street Gate will be closed and traffic will be rerouted to another base access point nearby.
JBLM Public Works officials plan to keep traffic congestion minimized during the road construction, but Lewis-North commuters may still experience delays, especially while traffic is detoured to the alternate base access point.
Construction should be completed in April.