FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) - If you are one of the tens of thousands of drivers who use State Route 444 to get to Fairborn, your commute could be changing.
Starting next month, the road near Wright Patterson is being permanently shut down between Dayton Yellow Springs and Dayton Drive.
The project has been in the works since 2003, but just in the last few years became an Air Force priority and officials said it all boils down to base security.
Starting October 9th, the fence will be brought across the current State Route 444, behind the Exxon Station at Dayton Yellow Springs and extend to the Commissary on the north end.
What that means for drivers is there will no longer be a straight shot to downtown Fairborn.
Instead, drivers will have to take Dayton Yellow Springs to Kauffman, head north to Central and then cut back to 444.
Some residents tell 2 NEWS they are worried about the impact it could have.
"Everyone gets off the highway and just goes straight to the base," said Fairborn resident Merrell Sanders. "Now, they are going to have to get off the highway and all the way around Fairborn to get to the base".
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