Arsenal's first furlough week ends with more traffic

Traffic backed up at least two miles on eastbound I-565 at the Research Park exit because of Gate 9 traffic.
Traffic backed up at least two miles on eastbound I-565 at the Research Park exit because of Gate 9 traffic.

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The first week of furloughs at Redstone Arsenal ended with more traffic near a major entrance to the base on Friday.

Arsenal employees heading to work Friday morning saw the same traffic jam at Gate 9 as they did earlier this week. Gate 9 is one of the main entrances into the army base.

Gate 3, located on Redstone Road and Gate 7 on Martin Road were closed on Friday due to furloughs.

On top of these closures, there was reduced staffing at all other gates.

Garrison officials said they will study traffic patterns from this first week of furloughs and make adjustments from there.

Some services impacted by the furlough include the Army Community Service, ID badging section, Equal Employment Opportunity office, and the Army Substance Abuse Program, among others.

Child development centers, dining facilities and recreation outlets at the Arsenal will not be impacted.

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, FBI's Hazardous Devices School and the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' National Center for Explosives Training and Research are not affected by the furlough, according to Arsenal officials.

Several businesses in the Huntsville area are offering "Furlough Friday" discounts for government workers who show their CAC card.

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