WATERTOWN, N.Y. — New York state is spending nearly $3 million to improve a key access point to Fort Drum in northern New York.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says construction has started at the Route 26 intersection in Jefferson County. The work is intended to reduce traffic and safety issues. It's part of a larger $25 million state effort to improve Route 26 within Fort Drum, home to the Army's 10th Mountain Division.
The Democratic governor says that as the largest employer in the North Country, Fort Drum is an "anchor" for the entire region. He says the state's investment is intended to help ensure the area remains a "worthy" home for the division.
The portion of the roadway being rebuilt is known locally as "gasoline alley" and is used for arriving soldiers and commercial deliveries. Traffic congestion is common.