SRS to close another barricade due to government shutdown

The Savannah River Site announced on Wednesday it will close an additional barricade as a result of the government shutdown.

Effective at midnight, Barricade Six, which includes the Road 6 and Highway 125 entrance to the Site, will be closed.

“Employees should plan on using alternate barricades until further notice,” said DOE-SR representative Bill Taylor in an email.

Also at midnight, Barricades One and Two, which include the Augusta and Aiken entrances, respectively, will have reduced staffing levels. Due to the reduction, the Aiken barricade will go from four lanes to three, and the Augusta barricade will go from three lanes to two.

“Employees should exercise caution when approaching the barricades and expect delays during shift change hours,” Taylor said.

Last week, SRS announced the closing of Barricades Eight and Ten. Both will remain closed until further notice.

The barricade closings have all come after furloughs were announced for Savannah River Remediation, the Site's liquid waste contractor. The contractor furloughed about 1,400 employees the first week of October.

Last week, the largest contractor at SRS, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, announced it could potentially undergo furloughs if the shutdown continues.

Contractor President Dwayne Wilson recently stated in a webcast that furloughs could begin in some areas when current funding runs out in late October.

Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard news team and joined the paper in June.

He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and graduated from Georgia Southern University with a journalism degree in May 2012.

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