$27M awarded to complete Fort Drum railhead project
FORT DRUM, New York (WWNY) - Fort Drum is receiving a big boost for its railhead project.
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik and Fort Drum officials announced Thursday that the Army post will receive more than $27 million for the project.
A railhead is where troops, vehicles, and equipment are loaded and unloaded from trains for deployments.
“Rapid deployment capability is one of the core features of Fort Drum’s critical role in our nation’s defense,” Stefanik said, “and this award will greatly improve the readiness of the 10th Mountain Division, the most deployed Army division since 9/11.”
“This is going to greatly enhance our readiness, it’s as simple as that,” Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division commander Maj. Gen. Milford Beagle Jr. said. “We owe it to our soldiers that they have everything that they need in order to quickly, efficiently, and safely move out when we answer our nation’s call to deploy.”
Fort Drum public works officials said the new facility will enable soldiers to simultaneously load and unload rail cars for faster mobilization.
“Any time we can improve our infrastructure and provide greater support to our soldiers, it is a good day,” garrison commander Col. James Zacchino Jr. said. “This project is a solid investment in Fort Drum’s reputation as a premiere power projection platform for our Army and our nation.”
The $27.3-million contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was awarded to Syracuse construction company Structural Associates Inc. The railhead will have new tracks and ramps, a side loading area, lighting, and cargo inspection area.
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