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Motorists driving through Fort Drum on State Route 26 can expect significant delays Friday.
That's because crews are building a bridge to connect the north and south ends of Fort Drum while bypassing Route 26 traffic.
The state Department of Transportation will start setting support beams for the Nash Boulevard Bridge Friday morning.
Route 26 through Fort Drum will be open, but crews will stop traffic several times between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Stops could be as long as 20 minutes.
"The tractor-trailer carrying the bridge girder will then pull in and under the bridge, the workers will then hook the crane to the girder, lift the girder and the truck pulls away," DOT spokesman Mike Flick said. "We'll then lift and set the girder and once it's securely in place, we'll then release traffic."
The traffic stoppages will also continue for a time Saturday, but should wrap up during the day.
The bridge is expected to be completed by next summer.