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Week 2 of Lake Placid overhaul begins with water main

Orange construction cones line Main Street, Lake Placid, outside the Palace Theatre on Monday, the first day of the street’s much-anticipated reconstruction project. (Enterprise photo — Elizabeth Izzo)

LAKE PLACID — Downtown Lake Placid is five days into a Main Street reconstruction project that is expected to continue, on and off, two-and-a-half years.

As a result of the early good weather, detours and construction for the Main Street overhaul began on Monday, according to Kate Thompson of the Lake Placid-North Elba Community Development Commission, which is helping the village of Lake Placid with public information updates about the project.

Next up is excavation of the water main. That work is planned to start Monday, beginning at the north end of Main Street at its intersection with Saranac Avenue. Crews will install a new 16-inch water line heading south toward the post office. Workers anticipate reaching the Palace Theatre by the end of the week if all goes well, and they expect most of the work to take place on the west (theater) side.

Another crew will begin drainage installations for the new stormwater management system. Parking will be limited in the direct work area. As crews move, parking will be restored. Delivery zones may be moved as work areas move.

For the week of April 19 to 23, work is expected to continue with excavation to replace the water main. Crews will pick up near the Palace Theatre and move south toward the post office. Another crew will continue work on the drainage installations for the portion of the new stormwater management system at the north end of Main Street, near One Main Park. Work may also begin to install a new stormwater catch basin in One Main Park.

This map shows detours for the Main Street, Lake Placid, construction project. (Provided photo — Village of Lake Placid)

Businesses on Main Street are open daily for business, and parking is available.

Detours will run through the end of June during the spring 2021 construction cycle.

Trucks and cars traveling through Lake Placid to or from Saranac Lake are being directed to use Old Military Road between Saranac Avenue (Route 86) and Sentinel Road (Route 73).

Traffic through Main Street is moving like in a rotary. It is one way north from the post office to One Main Street Park, and up the hill on Saranac Avenue to St. Agnes Church. Hillcrest Avenue is one way southbound to the Crowne Plaza hotel on Olympic Drive. Olympic Drive between the Crowne Plaza and Main Street are two-way.

Delivery zones on Main Street are open and reached by driving north.

Two new traffic lights are now active. One is located at the intersection of Olympic Drive and Main Street near the Olympic Conference Center. Another is located at the intersection of Wesvalley Road and Saranac Avenue.

To see an interactive map of the detours, access the Main Street Lake Placid upgrade webpage at http://villageoflakeplacid.ny.gov.

Information about the Main Street Upgrade can be found at “http://villageoflakeplacid.ny.gov/content”>http://villageoflakeplacid.ny.gov/content under “Main Street upgrade.”

Questions can be sent by email to the village of Lake Placid at lpinfo@villageoflakeplacid.ny.gov or by contacting Development Director Haley Breen (518-523-9516 ext. 267) or Village Clerk Anita Estling (518-523-2584).

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