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NWS Earle Training May Impact Traffic on Route 36 and Route 34

A training exercise is being conducted through Friday, Feb. 22.

Flashing signs outside NWS Earle waterfront complex in Leonardo and the Route 34 entrance in Colts Neck are warning Route 36 motorists to be prepared for delays caused by training exercises at the base, through Friday. 

According to spokesman Michael Brady, NWS Earle is participating in Exercise CITADEL SHIELD 2013 (CS13), an annual Force Protection exercise conducted by Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) on all continental United States Navy installations.

"Exercise CS13 is an annual exercise and not a response to any specific threat," said Brady, in a statement. "This exercise was developed to enhance the training and readiness of Navy security personnel.  It establishes a learning environment for security personnel to exercise functional plans and operational capabilities."

The reason why traffic could possibly be disrupted is because part of the trial may include testing the base's ability to temporarily close or reduce traffic through theentrance gates.

NWS Earle consists of two facilities, each of which has a primary entrance. The Waterfront area is accessed by the gate on Route 36 in the Leonardo section of Middletown.  The Mainside area is accessed by the gate on Route 34 in Colts Neck.

The electronic signs were placed at each of those entrances.

"It's likely that this year's exercise will not result in any impacts to local traffic," said Brady. "We nevertheless placed the signs as a safety measure."

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