Popular gate closed at Wright-Patterson for security upgrade

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Thousands of employees must find an alternate route onto Wright-Patterson Air Force Base after its well-traveled National Road gate was closed for a security upgrade.

Work began last week on a $1.3 million improvement project designed to better protect the Dayton-area base from unwanted intruders.

Gate 19B off National Road draws about 11,000 vehicles on a work day. Wright-Patterson officials say it will be closed from April 3 until June 12.

The work includes the installation of an overhead canopy, six guard booths and an upgraded barrier system.

An incident earlier this month temporarily shut down entrances and exits in Area A of the base.

Wright-Patterson is the largest single-site employer in Ohio. An estimated 27,000 military personnel and civilian employees work on the base.