The state Department of Transportation still plans to repave state Route 86 between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid this spring.
Meanwhile, another section of Route 86 and portions of state Route 30 in the towns of Brighton and Tupper Lake will be improved sooner than planned as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $1.2 billion New York Works program.
A 12-mile section of Route 86 between Lake Placid and Wilmington will receive "pavement preservation treatment" this year at a cost of $3.5 million, according to a Tuesday press release from the governor's office.
"It's basically a repaving," state Department of Transportation spokeswoman Carol Breen told the Enterprise. "The standard repaving will remove the top layer and put down a brand-new layer. It's more in-depth than just paving over what's there, but not going as far as complete reconstruction of the road."
The New York Works program will also fund a $980,000 repaving of state Route 30 from Mountain Pond Road in the town of Brighton to state Route 458 in the town of Duane, and a $1.4 million plan to repave four sections of state Route 30 from the Hamilton County line to the Moody area in the town of Tupper Lake.
The projects were included on a list of 49 planned across the North Country that will repair 345 miles of roads and 11 bridges, at a cost of $45 million.
"This significant investment will rebuild the foundation of the region's economy and create thousands of jobs for New Yorkers," Cuomo said in the release.
The projects, which had been slated for construction in the next few years, have been moved up in DOT's capital program because the state has agreed to bid them out as a package. Rather than bidding 100 different contracts for 100 different bridge or paving projects, the state will consolidate the projects under regional contracts.
State Sen. Betty Little said the investment in North Country roads and bridges benefits those who live and work here, creates new jobs and helps tourism.
"(The projects), in order to be eligible, had to be something that was in the pipeline, something that needed to be done and something that was eligible for federal funds," she told the Enterprise. "They're being accelerated, and we're going to see a lot more work on our roads than we had in the past. There will be a lot of jobs that will be available for people throughout the road (construction) season and summer season when they do the work. I'm very pleased with it."
In addition to the accelerated New York Works projects, Breen said DOT is still on track to mill and repave Route 86 between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid this spring. The project had been scheduled to take place in September but was pushed back because DOT was tied up repairing roads and bridges damaged by Tropical Storm Irene.
"We're trying to get it completed before Memorial Day to avoid getting into the tourism season and disrupting traffic for businesses," Breen said. "It's a three-week project that we anticipate will start sometime in April."
Local officials have been complaining about the poor condition of that stretch of highway for years.
Enterprise Staff Writer Chris Morris contributed to this report.