|The new access procedures at the Main Gate are working
well overall, but Fort McCoy Police say some confusion still exists
regarding turning into the Main Gate area.
Sgt. David Hansen, the Fort McCoy traffic accident investigator, said
the difficulty arises from motorists exiting from State Highway 21 and
South 8th Avenue, roads that have single lanes for traffic heading in
each direction (east and west), and turning onto the Main Gate access
road, a road that has two lanes of traffic traveling in the same
Sgt. David Hansen, Fort McCoy
traffic accident investigator, places traffic cones from South
8th Avenue to the Main Gate access road to help motorists stay
in their lanes. (Photo by Rob
State law and Fort McCoy traffic regulations state traffic entering
onto a road that has two or more lanes heading in the same direction
must initially turn into the closest lane from which they are
Consequently, motorists coming from the Sparta direction (west) onto
Fort McCoy first must turn completely into the west (closest) lane
when proceeding toward the Main Gate. Hansen said traffic traveling
from the Tomah direction (east) first must turn completely into the
east lane when proceeding toward the Main Gate.
“After you have turned into the proper lane, you can consider
changing lanes if the traffic flow safely allows it,” Hansen said.
“You must ensure it is safe to turn into the other lane and signal
your intentions. This is both for entering and leaving the post
through the Main Gate.”
Fort McCoy police placed traffic cones directly off of South 8th
Avenue to prevent motorists from making an improper turn from South
8th Avenue, traveling west from the J Street direction or traveling
east from the South O Street direction, onto the Main Gate access
road, he said.
Motorists who don’t obey these laws increase the risk they will
cause traffic accidents and be held liable for the accidents because
of their actions, Hansen said.
In addition, motorists increase the risk they might receive
citations that could subtract points from their state driver’s
licenses — and affect their installation driving privileges — or
“The same laws apply to driving onto Fort McCoy as they would if
motorists are facing the same situation in Tomah or Sparta,” Hansen
said. “Following these rules will keep everyone safe,” and help keep
the traffic flow moving to allow everyone to get their final
destination in a timely manner.
The new entrance/exit procedures have been in place for about three
Authorized personnel and visitors can enter or exit through the Main
Gate on a 24/7 basis. Credentialed Department of Defense personnel
also can enter through Gate 20 from 5 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. All
motorists can exit through Gate 20 when it’s open.
Anyone in the Fort McCoy community with questions about the new
traffic access procedures can call Hansen at 608-388-2044 or send