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State shouldn’t wait to fix Whiteface Highway

November 13, 2013

The Whiteface Veterans Memorial Highway is now covered with snow and better suited to nordic skiing than driving, but we hope Cuomo administration officials don’t forget it as they develop their......

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Nov-17-13 8:11 AM

I have to agree with BJ on this one. There are far too many other roads to spend that money on rather than 1 road that will only benifit ORDA's pocket! The toll road and the top of Whiteface only employs roughly maybe 7 individuals opposed to the hundreds that need to drive other county roads to get to there place of employment. Sorry it is just not logical to me to spend that amount of money to fix something that is only in use a few months a year. Maybe if the economy was better I would agree. Times are hard, fixing that road is not a must in my eyes.

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Nov-15-13 12:20 PM

Whiteface isn't in Lake Placid. Come on. Let's put our thinking caps on IT.

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Nov-14-13 8:48 PM

Whiteface Highway is a huge attraction. And many people travel this seasonal attraction for scenic adventure...I'll stop there....The State should Absolutely NOT spend any more money on it until it has it's time for repair. If that's not soon enough, too bad, close the sucker until it is time. There are FAR TOO MANY other roads that actually NEED repair for day-to-day travel for work, not scenic attraction. Sorry PC, can't side with you on this one.

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Nov-14-13 6:03 PM

Alumni: Its all about money coming into Lake Plastic, isn't it? Don't you people ever see beyond this? What about the little money scraping working people of the rest of the area? So now we call it a venerable name to exemplify the status of this twisty road. All about money and status. Tell ya what, petition the state to SELL property to build a plant in Tupper Lake to employ hundreds of people that would actually MAKE a product, instead of adirondack nick nacks and cutesie little balsam door hangings and uber-over priced hand made wooden stick furniture. HOw about brining in a manufacturing plant that makes something like coffee makers, or chain saws, or even parts for the envrio-wacked hybrid over priced cars? Gads you people are so short sighted. Stuck in the forever wild religion.

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Nov-14-13 3:51 PM

ITprober: I agree that there are many other roads in need of repair, but as we wrote here, few present a distinct danger of cars falling down a mountainside, as the Whiteface highway does.

-Peter Crowley, managing editor

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Nov-14-13 10:40 AM

The people that live and work here need jobs. The Veterans memorial highway brings dollars and jobs to the region. The state has regulated most private industry out of the Adirondacks. The jobs that remain are largely government jobs or tourism related jobs. We live in the most beautiful area in the state. We need to use the natural beauty to our economic advantage. I can't understand how the state can justify adding to the forest preserve when they have been such poor stewards of the park and it's infrastructure.

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Nov-13-13 5:17 PM

Stop wearing the Lake Plastic/Whiteface Mountain rose colored glasses and be a newspaper for the region and not just the rich.

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Nov-13-13 5:15 PM

Do any of you people ever travel on roads other than to Lake Plastic, or Bloomingdale or Plattsberg??? Yea I know I spelled it wrong. get over it. There are roads NORTH of this area that are JUST as important, and at least in more dire need of repair. County roads that have dozens of vehicles traveling on them twice or three times a day, and risk their lives and families lives just to get from one place to another. With the travel of logging trucks and plows creating the rutted conditions, destroyed asphalt, makes for ideal conditions for rain washouts. Dangerous situations. Whiteface is just as important as Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake, or Lake Plastic. Also McCollums, Owls Head, Mountain View, Duane, Gabriels, back roads to homes with families beyond Paul Smiths, route 14, route 26, route 27, route 31 and so on. Not just the tourists, the people that LIVE AND WORK here. The people that pay everyday.

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