To the editor:
Now that the repaving is done and new lines have been painted on the highway between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, I'm sure everyone is grateful that the long-overdue project has been completed and we finally have a decent roadway on the most heavily traveled piece of road in the Adirondacks. Sure, it cost a lot of taxpayer dollars and there was some inconvenience, but at least it's completed. Too bad it'll be torn up and brought back to its former sad state in the near future.
At the first sign of the smallest flake of snow, we can expect to see a team of snowplows bouncing their blades down the pavement, sparks flying as they tear up the roadbed. And they'll be leaving more than a trail of destruction behind - they'll also be dropping a generous layer of salt as they go, thus ensuring that the cars that follow will be thoroughly rusted out.
Why do we destroy our roads and our cars in this manner? So we can have "black roads" all year. Of course, we could slow down and drive at reasonable speeds during winter, but apparently some people insist on having the privilege of doing 60 mph all winter long, regardless of the weather conditions. Too bad there always seems to be someone holding up traffic by doing 40 mph no matter what time of year it is.
So, enjoy our newly rebuilt roadway while it's still in good condition. I give it a year before it reverts to the way it was a few months ago.
Karl Zaunbrecher, DVM