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CES constructs additional lane of traffic at Lompoc Gate entrance

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – The 30th Civil Engineer Squadron began the construction of an additional lane of traffic on east-bound Santa Lucia Canyon Road to alleviate congestion at the Lompoc Gate Monday, Aug. 1, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – The 30th Civil Engineer Squadron began the construction of an additional lane of traffic on east-bound Santa Lucia Canyon Road to alleviate congestion at the Lompoc Gate Monday, Aug. 1, 2011. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Lael Huss)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The 30th Civil Engineer Squadron began the construction of an additional lane of traffic on east-bound Santa Lucia Canyon Road to alleviate congestion at the Lompoc Gate Aug. 1.

A 30th CES construction crew will remove the left-hand curb of the deceleration lane on Santa Lucia Canyon Road to allow two lanes of traffic, coming from the east, into the Lompoc Gate.

The construction project, which originated to expedite the inflow of traffic and reduce the risk of motor vehicle accidents, is slated to be completed by Aug. 15.

"Until the project is completed, motorists need to be careful when approaching the construction site," said Patrick Maloy, from the 30th CES. "Just like any construction site, motorists should slow down and be observant to avoid endangering the people who are trying to get the job done."

Most of the paving of the additional lane will occur on the weekend. The project will cause minimal to no impact for motorists entering the installation. The original deceleration lane remains open; granting access for both cars and commercial vehicles.

At the completion of the project, motorists coming from Highway 1 to the Lompoc Gate will notice new signage indicating that the right deceleration lane of traffic is for commercial trucks and vehicles only while the left lane is designated for cars only.