By the Enterprise staff
Slope repairs along state Route 73 will begin next week, with lane closures expected to start May 1.
The state Department of Transportation announced in a recent press release that construction will start on Wednesday. Slope repairs will be made along Route 73 between Lake Placid and Keene, in the vicinity of the Cascade Lakes, according to DOT.
State Route 73 runs alongside Lower Cascade Lake in a pass between Keene and Lake Placid in April 2010.
(Enterprise file photo — Catherine Moore)
Traffic will be reduced to one lane on May 1 to accommodate the work. A temporary traffic signal will control alternating one-way traffic from Lower Cascade Lake to about a half-mile east of the entrance to Mount Van Hoevenberg.
"The lane closure will be in effect through May, with construction completed and all lanes open to traffic before Memorial Day weekend," the release said. "The road may be fully closed for up to 30 minutes at a time as needed for boulder removal and rock scaling operations, which could present hazards to passing traffic. Three parking areas - at Stagecoach Road, Cascade Mountain and Pitchoff Mountain - also will be closed during construction."
The DOT said it also anticipates a full closure of Route 73 "at some point during construction." The current plan is for the highway to be closed between 6 a.m. May 11 and 6 p.m. May 12, although that could change, "depending on weather and work schedule.
"The final dates will be announced to the traveling public in advance," the release said.
During that expected closure, traffic will be detoured through Wilmington and Upper Jay, along state routes 86 and 9N, Springfield Road and Fox Farm Road.
"The dates of the repairs were scheduled in cooperation with local municipalities to avoid the busy summer and fall tourist seasons," the release said. "During construction, motorists should expect delays and consider alternate routes."
The DOT reminded motorists that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone.