Airmen and Soldiers stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord already know the aggravation of trying to get through the main gates during peak traffic. Unfortunately, the traffic is going to be a little heavier for the next few months.

Construction has recently begun at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Main Gate, also known as the Liberty Gate, off of I-5 at exit 120.

The construction — which will repair failing pavement, improve lane alignment, improve the visitor center parking area, and improve the appearance of both the access control point and the historic Camp Lewis Gate — is expected to last until the end of September.

Commuters who use the Liberty Gate to access the base are encouraged to use a different gate during the construction period. JBLM commuters and visitors departing Lewis Main will need to select an alternate gate to depart the installation during the construction.

Visitors can still get a pass at the JBLM Lewis Main Visitor Center during the construction project, though parking will be limited. Visitors can get a pass at the JBLM McChord Field Main Gate Visitors Center off of I-5 at exit 125 and then take the Unity Bridge to Lewis Main.

Washington State Department of Transportation will continue to post messages on electronic reader boards to remind drivers of the gate construction.