Meeting Military Standards at Fort Drum

Fort Drum, in Jefferson County New York, is home to the Army’s 10th Mountain Division and, with a population of nearly 13,000 on 107,265 acres, is one of the most active military bases in the country. Like any municipality, Fort Drum deals with infrastructure challenges caused by population growth and aging facilities, and also has to contend with winter temperatures as low as −30 °F (−34 °C). And unlike most municipalities, Fort Drum roadways, culverts, and bridges also have to contend with heavy military equipment—tanks are common sights on Fort Drum, as are Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles (MRAPs), which weigh between 14 and 18 tons.

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