The Marine Corps says traffic on a state highway that runs through Camp Lejeune will be restricted beginning April 2nd.
Base officials say allowing only vehicles with Department of Defense decals to pass through on N-C 172 will help increase security on the base. The restriction will remain in effect indefinitely.
The highway has become a popular coastal shortcut between Bear Creek, a town north of the base, to Sneads Ferry, a town about 20 miles south. Base officials say closing the highway could affect up to a thousand civilian drivers daily.
Visitors can get temporary base passes, but all traffic without business at the base will be redirected through Jacksonville on U-S 17, and N-C 24 and 210.
Base officials say the access rules are a part of several security enhancements being implemented at Camp Lejeune following nine-eleven. Other steps include redesigned gates, upgraded lighting and camera systems, and response plans for attacks.
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