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Portion of South Patrick Drive to close for construction soon

PATRICK AFB, Fla. -- Starting Dec. 16, a section of S. Patrick Drive will close for road work
associated with the construction of the new Air Force Technical Applications
Center building.

During the closure, traffic will be detoured to W. Tech Road,
and drivers are asked to use extreme caution while transiting through the
detour. Speed limit signs will be posted and security forces will conduct
random patrols of the area.

"In addition to reducing their speed in the detour, drivers should also be
aware of pedestrians in this area," said Stuart Copeland, 45th Civil
Engineer Squadron construction manager. "AFTAC employees use this area for
parking and to walk to and from their building, so vehicle operators should
demonstrate extra care when taking the detour."

There are no vehicle height or weight restrictions to access the single-lane
detour, so commercial traffic can continue uninterrupted. Traffic will be
diverted during the weekends as well as during the regular work week.

"We understand that construction detours can cause disruptions in people's
normal driving routine, but we anticipate a superb end-product, which will
actually improve traffic flow in the area once AFTAC occupies the new
facility," said Copeland.

The detour is expected to continue until Jan. 10.