After more than a decade of planning, designing, and construction, Fort Belvoir’s Lieber Gate offers another high-flow access point into the installation with improved security. Situated on Richmond Highway across from Pence Gate, Lieber Gate is the new point of access for all commercial vehicles, replacing Tulley Gate as the 24-hour access point.
At the ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, Col. Michael Greenberg, garrison commander, spoke about the massive scope of this project.
“This gate was truly a partnership not just across the community, but across the entire DoD to make this happen,” said Greenberg. “I’m at the tail end and get the honor to cut the ribbon, but there are so many people before I arrived to make this happen.”
“Every day Lieber Gate will help the community and the people who work, live and play here on Fort Belvoir. We have 50 to 60 thousand people that come through the gates every day and this gate plays a pivotal role,” said Greenberg.
Col. John Litz, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, commander of the Baltimore District, pointed out that it has been a long struggle to get the project on the military construction list.
“There were a lot of items on the agenda fighting for funding, and this project got funded.”
The Corps of Engineers was tasked with making sure the design of the 23-acre site worked as intended, and after design work was approved, it took Akima Construction almost three years to complete the job.
“Now it’s the job of the garrison to own the property and maintain it, hopefully for decades to come,” said Litz.