Press Release

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1.4 Million To Build New Fort Drum Connector Road

Jan 7, 2010

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced over $1.4 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to help build a new four-lane divided highway from I-81 to the main gate of Fort Drum.

“These projects are a win-win for Fort Drum and Watertown that will bring greater investment to the area and spur job growth,” said Senator Schumer. “By investing these federal dollars in a new connector road we will ensure Fort Drum is adequately connected to the entire region, allowing their continued economic success to reach every corner of the North Country, as well as improve the efficiency and operations of this fast-growing base.”

“This is a great investment for the North Country,” Senator Gillibrand said. “Investing in our infrastructure will help improve our roads, connect more of New York, support job creation and help rebuild our economy. I will continue working with Senator Schumer to make sure New York gets its fair share from the federal government.”

Jefferson County will use the $1,425,000 DOT grant to help build the new highway connecting Fort Drum to I-81.