FORT DRUM, NY – Those looking to travel in and around Fort Drum should be prepared for detours and delays the afternoon of Sunday, January 17, due to heightened security requirements in preparation for a high-profile visitor to the installation.
Avoid traveling around the area of the Wheeler Sack Army Airfield on Sunday if at all possible.
Motorists should anticipate the closure of Route 26 between Evans Mills and Great Bend and plan to use alternate routes for several hours of the afternoon and into the early evening. Emergency Vehicles will be allowed access to the road during the closure. Additionally, the Gas Alley Access Control point will be closed on RT 26 will be closed to outgoing traffic during that timeframe.
The Wheeler Sack Army Airfield gate is normally closed on weekends.
Fort Drum leadership recognizes the hardship the Route 26 closure poses to North Country travelers, as there is no quick detour available, and is grateful for their understanding as our local law enforcement assists the teams charged with ensuring the safety and security of the visiting official.