Fort Leonard Wood Gate Hours Will Change Next Year

Beginning February 1st, hours at Fort Leonard Wood’s West and South gates are expected to change. The new operating hours for the West Gate will be 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily, and the South Gate’s new operating hours will be 4 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily. There are currently no changes to North Gate operations, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The East Gate will continue to be open from 5 to 8:30 a.m. and 2 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and closed on federal holidays.
The changes to gate operations have been under consideration for several months, and the decisions are based primarily on military training and readiness requirements and traffic flow.
Fort Wood officials realize this is a significant change, and will strive to anticipate and work through any challenges related to gate operations. Currently, the installation team is assessing future gate considerations to address some of those challenges, which include working closely with emergency response partners to develop alternate emergency response plans, reallocating funds to pay for additional security guards and evaluating new technology at the gates.
They say that, while there are no easy solutions or decisions to make regarding gate operations, it is important that the military continues to balance the needs of the community with the requirements of the Fort’s mission. Community members are encouraged to provide feedback about the gate changes and other initiatives through the Interactive Customer Evaluation, or ICE.