LVIS Gate to change traffic flow in February

by Senior Airman Jimmie D. Pike 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

A change to the flow of traffic through the Large Vehicle Inspection Site Gate on Ramstein is slated to take effect in February.

The change was planned for the opening of a new vehicle inspection station and will control traffic by pushing large vehicles, such as delivery trucks, through the new inspection building, while smaller personally owned vehicles will go through the temporary inspection tent.

“The new inspection building and the plan for traffic flow will help increase our throughput for vehicles,” said ZB7 Uwe Stamm, 86th Security Forces Squadron LVIS Gate supervisor. “This helps us out tremendously because we can see up to 250-350 large vehicles a day. The new building will allow our personnel to work in a hardened facility and keep them out of the cold during the winter.”

Even though the plan is to have the flow of traffic change during the first week of February, cold weather may push back the intended date.

“Right now the only concern we have is the weather,” Stamm said. “For us to mark the road with lines, the weather has to be at least 5 degrees Celsius.”

As soon as the weather gets warmer, the roads can be marked, and then the barricades can be put in place to help direct the flow of traffic after the change.

“Other than the flow of traffic, not much else will change,” Stamm said. “Identification will still be checked at the gate, and cars will still drive through as normal while large vehicles will go through the inspection stations.”

As long as the change takes place, Stamm cautions drivers to take it slow on the road when entering the base through the LVIS Gate.

“Personnel entering the gate should be sure to drive very slowly because we have personnel walking in the area,” Stamm said. “Drivers should also be aware that there may be a change to the speed limit in the area to help maintain a safe entry to base.”

The change in traffic flow at the LVIS Gate will have no effect on the normal operating hours of the gate.