New River 'overhauls' run trails

12 Feb 2007 | Maj. Melvin L. Love

As Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., continues to expand in size, so will the daily number of contractor vehicles, equipment, and personnel entering and exiting the Air Station.  This increase in daily traffic flow, especially during the morning and afternoon rush hours has presented a safety concern to the Air Station. 

Many Marines, Sailors, their families, and government employees enjoy jogging, running, and physical training on New River and measures are being taken to ensure that everyone can continue to enjoy their daily outdoor exercise activities in a safe manner. 

The Air Station will continue its growth over the next several years, which mean that more personnel, military and civilian workers, will come aboard the Station to include family members and a greater volume of traffic.  Consideration has also been given to pedestrian and vehicular traffic entering and exiting Camp Geiger at the intersection of ‘A’ Street and Curtis Rd. 

Several measures have been taken by the Air Station to help improve safe physical training aboard New River for today and into the not too distant future. 

1.  A change to the Air Station Order 5100.12G MOTOR VEHICLE AND TRAFFIC REGULATIONS provides guidance to ALL personnel on the following areas that are:

-   Prohibited from jogging or running.  (see base map legend, highlighted in RED)

-   Considered safe for jogging or running with headset/listening devices.  (see base map legend, designated paved & unpaved trails highlighted in BLUE)

-   Required for all personnel jogging or running along New River roads to remain at least 3 feet off of the paved surface of the roads and headsets/listening devices are prohibited, only exception is for actual hearing devices.  (see base map legend, highlighted in GREEN)

2.  Buildings and Grounds personnel in conjunction with Station Safety posted RED signs on Curtis Rd. adjacent to the pistol range, and on Douglass Rd. adjacent to the Hicks Run and Douglass Rd. intersection indicating the boundaries that limits jogging/running toward the front and back gates, respectively.

3.  The Order also restates the use of reflective belts/vests IAW MCO 5100.19E, from evening colors, until morning colors, or during periods of reduced visibility these devices shall be utilized by ALL personnel.

4.  Personnel are also reminded that it is prohibited for anyone to jog or run past ordnance barrier gates (poles) when they are down in the horizontal position.  The gates are placed in the horizontal position to keep pedestrian, as well as vehicular traffic from enter the blast zone during ordnance operations should a mishap occurs.  Do not go around these barriers.

5.   The Station S-4 has contracted for a new run trail (see map) that is currently under construction and will be completed by April 07.  This 1 mile trail will be located behind the enlisted barracks (Bachelor Billeting) where the use of headsets/listening devices are
considered safe.  A three mile trail is also planned for construction.  This trail will be located adjacent to the 1 mile trail, and will extend between Curtis and Douglass Rd.
The trails will be six feet wide and lighted to also better accommodate troop runs. 

All roads remain open to personnel for jogging/running and physical training, except where signs are posted when headed out toward the front and back gates.  The requirement for personnel to maintain at least 3 feet off of the pavement, unless otherwise absolutely necessary, and the non-usage of headsets/listening devices when adjacent to roads cannot be overstated.  When utilizing the base’s paved and unpaved trails headsets/listening devices may be worn.  Reflective belts/vests shall be worn by all personnel IAW MCO 5100.19E and ASO 5100.12G. 

All units are asked to read and post the ASO 5100.12G, change 4, and get the word out to their personnel.
Headquarters Marine Corps