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Visitor Guidelines

Welcome to Fort Lee

Fort Lee is situated alongside the Tri-Cities of Virginia – Petersburg, Colonial Heights and Hopewell – as well as the counties of Chesterfield, Dinwiddie and Prince George. It is located about 30 miles from Richmond, 135 miles from Washington, D.C., and 95 miles from Virginia Beach.

Installation Access

Current Requirements

Currently, all persons will be required to show a Common Access Card, a Military identification card, or approved Government issued identification such as State Driver's License or State Issued identification to gain access onto Fort Lee. All adults are required to possess valid ID. All juveniles without valid ID must be accompanied by an adult family member. Drivers must be able to show:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Current vehicle registration
  • Proof of current insurance

Requirements for Motorcycle Entry

Upcoming Requirements

Beginning May 2015, anyone coming to Fort Lee, that does not have a federal government-issued identification card, will be subject to a background check before being allowed to enter the installation. These individuals will need to go to the Visitor Control Center (VCC) for a background check and an access pass, which can then be used at any gate. Those who show a common access card (CAC card), Military ID, Military Dependent ID, or a federal government-issued PIV won’t be affected.

Fort Lee Gates, Hours of Operation effective 3 Apr 15 (temporarily)

Lee AvenueOpen 24 hours (temporarily)

Mahone AvenueMonday - Friday, 5:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Weekends and Holidays 7:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

A AvenueMonday - Friday, 5:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Closed Weekends and Holidays

Shop RoadOpen Monday - Friday, 6:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Closed Weekends and Holidays

Commercial traffic must enter through Shop Road Gate but can exit the installation from any gate.
After hours Weekends and Holidays - Commercial traffic must enter through Sisisky Boulevard Gate.

Sisisky BoulevardMonday - Friday, 5:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. (Temporary)
Closed Weekends and Holidays

Jackson Circle Open 24 hours to residents and authorized guests.

Temple Avenue (Ordnance Campus)Open Monday - Friday, 4:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. to staff, residents and authorized guests.
Closed Weekends and Holidays.

Regional Climate

The seasonal weather changes in the Tri-Cities area are usually mild. In January, the coldest month, temperatures range from an average high of 50 degrees Fahrenheit to a low of 29 degrees. In July, the warmest month, the average high is 91 degrees with occasional lows near 70 degrees. Severe weather threats for this area include tornadoes, tropical storms, hurricanes, nor'easters and snow storms. New arrivals should check current weather conditions while en-route to this area and use the Fort Lee Status Hotline (804-765-2679) to verify the operational status of the installation if severe weather conditions exist.