- Press Release
- August 11, 2022
North State Road 3 Opens for Access to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
Modifications to the existing Threat Condition Charlie security procedures,
put in place at Kennedy Space Center following the Sept. 11 attacks, will be
implemented now that Endeavour from mission STS-108 has safely landed at
Security checks will be re-established at the center’s inner gates, Gates 2B
and 2C, between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. EST. This change will
allow visitors easier access to the Visitor Complex from State Road 3 south
of KSC during the Visitor Complex’s normal hours of operation.
Employees arriving before 9:30 a.m. or after 6:30 p.m. will find the entry
procedures at the outer gates, Gates 2 and 3, unchanged. Hands-on badge
checks and vehicle searches will still be conducted routinely. Guests to the
center with temporary access badges will still be required to be in the
presence of a permanently badged escort at all times.
At the same time, the public will once again be allowed access to Playalinda
Beach, managed by the U.S. Park Service, and to the wildlife refuge’s
visitor center, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, via State
Road 402 along the north boundary of KSC. Employees arriving from the north
will go through security checks at Gate 4.