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Bid deadline extended for Placid Main Street

LAKE PLACID — A bidder has not yet been selected for Lake Placid’s Main Street overhaul.

The village has chosen to extend the deadline for contractors to submit bids for the multi-year, $8 million Main Street redesign and infrastructure upgrade project. The new deadline for bids is Oct. 7, according to Mayor Craig Randall.

“I would say that that probably is going to be sufficient to get us at least four or five good bids,” he told the village board on Monday.

The Main Street project was expected to break ground in September, but the village’s engineering team suggested that contractors be given more time to submit bids. Two potential bidders asked that the deadline be extended further, according to Randall.

Paired with a built-in bid requirement that the chosen contractor temporarily halt work for July and August, at the peak of the summer tourism season, Randall said in August that it’s possible the two-year project could extend into 2023. Village officials, including Randall, had hoped that most of the work would be done before the 2023 Winter World University Games.

The project would rebuild old water pipes so they can support increased use, rebuild the storm drainage system along the street to better protect Mirror Lake from road salt runoff, and revamp the street’s look with new sidewalks, more visible crosswalks and green space. New sculptures may be installed, too, but that’s not included in the village’s requested contract work.

The project would require the busy street to be reduced to one way, one-lane traffic at times. Traffic may be diverted onto Hillcrest Avenue or Old Military Road.

This streetscape and infrastructure improvement plan will change the aesthetics, water infrastructure, environmental impact, pedestrian experience and on-street parking availability of this region’s busiest business district. But the project has not yet been brought to the broader community for public input — though a Main Street task force was formed last year to provide feedback throughout the planning process, which has been ongoing for years.

Randall has said that a public hearing isn’t legally required for this project. A public information session was scheduled for earlier this year, but was ultimately cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Randall has said that the village is exploring different ways to present the plans to the public.

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