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In an effort to reduce traffic back-ups that have resulted from hands-on credential review and credential scanning, a new traffic pattern will be implemented at Naval Support Facility (NSF) Dahlgren. Beginning March 26, both lanes at Main Gate on Dahlgren Road will be open to incoming traffic from 6 - 9 a.m., Monday - Friday. Commuters who access the Main Gate entry control point may proceed in either lane to enter the base.

Once entrants are through main gate, they can maintain one-way traffic in both lanes until Third Street, when two-way traffic will resume. Traffic in the left lane will bear left at Third Street to access Aegis Training and Readiness Center and Center for Surface Combat Systems, Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense, 614th Air and Space Operations Center, and NSWC Dahlgren Division departments. Traffic in the right lane will proceed straight and may also access those areas via Bronson Road; all others may continue to proceed on Dahlgren Road to conduct business at Dahlgren School, Child Development Center and other areas.

With the changes, traffic will not be allowed to enter Dahlgren Road from Hall Road and only right turns will be allowed from Sampson Road onto Dahlgren Road during this time. All personnel that need to exit that base from 6 - 9 a.m. will be required to exit the base at B Gate. Dual inbound entry will continue to be allowed at B Gate until 10 a.m. weekdays.

Base officials met with officials from King George County, school officials, King George County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia Department of Transportation officials early this week. The changes are being made in an effort to improve safety conditions as well as assist local schools in getting buses through in a timely manner to avoid delays.

Officials also noted that since the new hands-on credentials review was implemented last Wednesday, they have monitored traffic and driving practices of those entering the base. A number of observations have been made that are contributing to potential traffic safety issues and entry delays. Officials asked all personnel who enter the base to obey all existing traffic signs and laws; avoid accessing Rt. 301 North from Potomac Drive, which requires crossing inbound lanes to B Gate; recognize that both incoming lanes at B Gate allow drivers to proceed straight on Bennion Rd. and to use both lanes; and to have credentials out and ready for review by police at the gates.