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HAMPTON -- Getting on and off Langley Air Force Base in Hampton should be easier with Friday's reopening of the LaSalle Avenue gate.

The gate opens 11:00 a.m., following a ribbon-cutting ceremony conducted by Col. John J. Allen Jr., 633rd Air Base Wing commander.

The gate was closed for 11 months as crews demolished the old guard gate and built the new entrance. It has more lanes for traffic, a Visitor Center and a gate-entrance guardhouse. The site also was elevated to minimize the risk of flooding.

During construction, people with military IDs could get onto Langley at the Durand, West [Armistead] and King Street gates.

The Air Force said about 25% of all base traffic comes through the LaSalle entrance.

Today's opening is good news, according to posts on the WVEC13 Facebook page.

L. Harris wrote, 'I missed this gate. No more traveling all the way around.

Christine Kittle added, 'This one is closer to me and easier to get to. Been missing this gate!'>

The LaSalle Gate construction was the third and final gate project (King Street and the Armistead Gates already done) to update the base's anti-terrorism and force-protection measures at the base's three, main-entry points.

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