Construction To Begin On Fort Drum's Main Gate

Construction To Begin On Fort Drum's Main Gate

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Out on Route 11 in the town of LeRay, there are signs letting drivers know that starting next Monday, there will be construction starting at Fort Drum's Main Gate.

"What we're doing is we're improving utilities in the area, we'll take those utilities from what is the north side to the south side of the road and to do that we have to carve up the road a bit," said Fort Drum Garrison Commander Col. Bryan Laske.

On Monday, traffic at the gate will be changing. While drivers can still get into Fort Drum, traffic lanes to get out will be closed for a week.

But the Army post does have another way for drivers to get out.

"We're gonna try to reroute outbound traffic down to our 45th Infantry gate out on Route 26," said Laske.

A week later, construction on the lanes to get in through the main gate will begin.

But since traffic won't be leaving the main gate for a week, how will it affect business on Route 11?

About 6,000 cars travel through that gate a week.

Gerardo Diaz with Los Amigos Restaurant thinks the construction project may affect his business one way, but benefit it another way.

"We're gonna have dining people probably decrease and deliveries increase. That's probably what's gonna happen," he said.

Officials at Fort Drum say they expect the construction project will only take about three weeks to complete.

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