The 42nd Street gate will close Nov. 28 for demolition and replacement. The new gate is expected to open in May.

42nd Street Gate to Close for Replacement on Nov. 28

Published November 16, 2022

The 1,300 people who use Newport News Shipbuilding’s 42nd Street gate every day will have to use another entrance starting Nov. 28. The gatehouse, entrance, turnstiles and stairs will be demolished and reconstructed at the same location. The gate is expected to reopen in May.

Located on Washington Avenue, the 42nd Street gate is one of NNS’ original entrances. The guard shack and stairs were designed between 1918 and 1919 for just a few hundred dollars. The entrance was built a short time later, most likely in 1920. Over the past 102 years, millions of shipbuilders have used this entrance. The guard shack and stairs have received some repairs, but are mostly original.

The stairs have exceeded their serviceable lifespan and are difficult to maintain. Over the last year, Plant Engineering has made preparations for the replacement project. The new stairs will meet modern codes and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards that did not exist in 1920. Once completed, shipbuilders will have a safer means to enter and exit at 42nd Street.

Plant Engineering has installed a secondary turnstile at 41st Street near The Rock to help compensate for the rerouting of pedestrians. Facilities recognizes the inconvenience this operation presents and thanks shipbuilders for their patience and understanding during this important safety upgrade.

Projects or departments with questions or comments regarding this project should contact Brian Jones (O41) at 757-688-4747.