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Soldiers build bridge across the Chattahoochee

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FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) -

Soldiers at Fort Benning are putting their skills to work and building a bridge that crosses the Chattahoochee River.

You can see video here of them transporting what they call the lightweight modular causeway system.

This was originally developed as a vessel-to-shore bridging capability for the navy but has the potential to serve as a gap-crossing capability for the maneuver force.

We spoke with Ross Chesaniuk, a platoon leader at Fort Benning who had a huge role in this demonstration.

He says this type of bridge would help them in the future on humanitary missions, as well as on the battlefield.

"It can get medical aid on the ground where it needs to go, get people in and out of their house quickly and assist with evacuations as necessary," said Chesaniuk.

News Leader 9 also had the opportunity to speak with one of the creators of the bridging system.

He says this exercise with the Fort Benning soldiers will help them realize what changes they should make to make the system more efficient.

He tells us their crews have been working on this idea since 2008, and hope to see it used in the field within the next five to ten years.

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