After a month of heavy work, Sentinel Road (state Route 73) in Lake Placid was reopened to vehicular traffic between 1:30 and 2 p.m. Thursday.
"The long siege is over," said Lake Placid Trustee Art Devlin, a village board liaison for the project.
The primary reason for tearing up the road in front of Lamb Lumber, near Station Street, has been to replace an old trunk sewer line. That's not finished, and nor is the road, but a base coat of pavement has been laid and striped, and people can now drive on it in both directions.
The rest of the work - sewer line, sidewalks and final road resurfacing - should be done by mid-August, Devlin said. Sometimes that work will require the road to be closed to one lane at a time, at which times there will be flaggers directing traffic.
Devlin added that the contractor, Kubricky Construction, has been great to work with.
The last month has been "terrible" for Sentinel Road businesses like Chair 6, according to owner Charlie Levitz. The Enterprise called the restaurant at 5:30 p.m. - dinnertime - but business was slow enough that it was no problem for Levitz to take time to talk to the reporter.
"I would say we suffered approximately a 30 percent decrease in traffic, business volume, for the month of May," Levitz said. "That's not what you need after a hard winter."
Levitz said he thought village officials could have given him more than three days' notice of the road closure, which is what he got.
"Some kind of forewarning for planning purposes would've been useful," he said. "When one of two main thoroughfares is closed, that impacts everyone on our road. Not everyone is vocal about it, but everyone's been impacted.
"You start adding alleged one-lane delays through August, it's not a pretty picture."
With the road reopened, Levitz hopes Chair 6 gets more diners this weekend, although it will be closed again Sunday - "normally our best day of week" - for the Lake Placid Marathon and Half Marathon.
"It'll take a little while for the word to get out there," he said. "We'll see what happens."
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