Army leaders and local officials marked completion yesterday of a $2.5 million welcome center and checkpoint gate at Fort Meade that they say should make it easier to get on and off the Odenton post while enhancing security.
Three years after Fort Meade became a restricted-access post, Army officials held a ribbon-cutting for an upgraded Reece Road entrance, which will open by the end of next month
In the meantime, visitors can get a pass and enter at one of the post's three other gates.
The Army closed the Llewellyn Gate on Route 175 yesterday.
More than 60,000 people live or work on the post in western Anne Arundel County.
"This is a symbol of renewing our commitment to our community in Central Maryland," Col. John W. Ives, Fort Meade's installation commander, said.