Budget cuts force reductions at Fort Jackson gates

FORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) -- Federal budget cuts are forcing reduced hours at Fort Jackson's gates outside Columbia.

Army officials say the cuts are forcing furloughs for security guards at the Army's largest training installation. The changes take effect Monday.

Army spokesman Pat Jones says the biggest change involves the total closure of Gate 5 off Leesburg Road.

Gate 2, which enters the installation off Forest Drive and Interstate 77, remains open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Gate 4 off I-77 and Percival Road is closed on weekends and open only from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays.

Gate 1 off Jackson Blvd. and I-77 is open from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. and outbound only from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.