More than 1,100 vehicles used the new Mounts Road gate to get onto Joint Base Lewis-McChord this morning, the base reported.
The gate was opened today in an effort to ease traffic congestion in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 from Thurston County into Pierce County.
The gate is open from 5 to 8 a.m. on weekday mornings to authorized personnel headed onto the base. Drivers must have Department of Defense identification and a JBLM registration decals on their vehicles.
Here are a few other points from Lewis-McChord about the new gate:
* The gate is intended for drivers travelling northeast on Nisqually Road/Mounts Road.
* The new gate is not intended as an alternate access point for drivers already on I-5. Drivers already on I-5 should plan to use one of the existing JBLM gates along the interstate.
* Gate can only be accessed by a right-hand turn from Nisqually Road.
* Drivers SHOULD NOT use exit 116 to access the new gate. Left turns into the gate will not be permitted.