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Water main work continues on Main Street, Lake Placid

LAKE PLACID — After taking the weekend off, construction crews upgrading Main Street plan to continue their excavation of the water main from Monday to Friday, May 10 to 14, according to Haley Breen, community development director for the town of North Elba and village of Lake Placid.

After installing the 16-inch water line, working from the north end of the village, workers pressure-test and disinfect the new line before connecting service to the buildings. The target area this week is from Saranac Avenue to Hayes Street.

This week, workers began installing stormwater drainage on Parkside Drive, working toward Mirror Lake Drive, and that section of Parkside Drive was closed for the week. Mirror Lake Drive was also closed from Saranac Avenue to Swiss Road for several days beginning May 3 for pavement removal.

Some of the work was in front of the Lake Placid Public Library, which took away parking there. On its Facebook page, the library announced Tuesday that the parking lots across from NBT Bank were still open, as were some street spaces away from the construction zone.

“If you are unable to travel that far or cannot find a spot, call us and we will run the book out to you as you drive by,” the library posted, adding the phone number, 518-523-3200. “You know you really want that book (smiley face emoji).”

Businesses on Main Street are still open daily.

Parking will be limited in the direct work area. As crews move, parking will be restored. Parking is available on both sides of the street; remember to park with the direction of traffic. Delivery zones may be moved as work areas move.

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 will move like in a rotary. It will be 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 will be one way southbound to the Crowne Plaza on Olympic Drive. Olympic Drive between the Crowne Plaza and Main Street are two-way.

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

Information about the Main Street upgrade, including an interactive map of the detours, can be found on the village website — http://villageoflakeplacid.ny.gov — under “Main Street upgrade.”

Questions can be sent by email to 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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