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Rails will be pulled from crossings starting next week

A truck drives over train tracks on Bloomingdale Avenue, Saranac Lake, Friday afternoon. The rails at this particular crossing are scheduled to be removed by the state Department of Transportation starting Monday, May 24, potentially causing minor traffic delays. (Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

The state Department of Transportation will begin removing rail crossings on highways in Lake Placid and Saranac Lake next week, and motorists can expect minor delays.

This work is the latest in the state’s project of removing train tracks from Tupper Lake to Lake Placid and converting that stretch into a trail for snowmobiles, hikers, bikers and skiers.

The crossing removals will begin in Lake Placid and work back to Saranac Lake.

Portable message boards will be deployed along the routes to warn motorists of ongoing work. Work zones will be controlled by flaggers.

For up-to-date travel information, the DOT recommends calling 511; visiting www.511NY.org or its mobile site m.511ny.org; following the DOT on Twitter at @NYSDOT and @NYSDOTWatertown; or following it on Facebook at facebook.com/NYSDOT.

Schedule

¯ Essex County Road 35 (Old Military Road) in Lake Placid: Work to begin Tuesday, May 18.

¯ State Route 86 between Saranac Lake and Ray Brook: Work to begin Friday, May 21.

¯ State Route 3 (Bloomingdale Avenue) in Saranac Lake: Work to begin Monday, May 24.

¯ State Route 86 (Broadway) in Saranac Lake: Work to begin Monday, May 24.

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