Main Street work continues before summer break
LAKE PLACID — One more week of construction and one-way traffic on Main Street, and it will be easier going along this thoroughfare for the height of the summer tourist season.
The second season of Main Street construction began in April and is expected to pause for July and August, like it did last year. Any unfinished work will be finished this fall starting in September. Specifics about when Main Street will be paved before the July 4 weekend and when two-way traffic will resume along Main Street and Parkside Drive will be available early next week, according to Haley Breen, community development director for the town of North Elba and village of Lake Placid.
Meanwhile, it was another busy week on Main Street. This past week, activity included the excavation of a water main trench to prepare for paving next week, the continuation of sidewalk excavation and conduits and the installation of granite pavers. Work was targeted in several locations: School Street to Mill Hill; Olympic Drive to School Street; the Grand Adirondack Hotel to the parking lot across from the post office; and Starbucks to the Grand Adirondack Hotel.
In order to complete the Main Street construction project, detours have been established.
Southbound traffic is being redirected to Old Military Road — between the Ray Brook side of state Route 86 and state Route 73 at the North Elba Show Grounds.
Main Street is one way going north starting at the traffic light at the intersection of routes 73 and 86 (top of Mill Hill) to the intersection of Saranac Avenue and Hillcrest Avenue at the north end. This is an extension from last year’s detour route, which began at the public parking lot across from the post office. This change was made to accommodate additional water main work at the south end of Main Street.
Parkside Drive is now one way going south from the post office to Morningside Drive, and the speed limit has been reduced to 15 mph. Southbound traffic coming from Hillcrest will have to turn left onto Main Street and then right onto Parkside in order to get to the traffic light at the intersection of routes 73 and 86.
Two-way traffic is expected to resume on Main Street and Parkside Drive in July and August.
Also, Cummings Road became a one-way starting in April, when contractors for the state Olympic Regional Development Authority resumed exterior construction at the Olympic Center. Most of the current work there is being done between the 1932 and 1980 rinks, in what will be the main lobby and entrance to the new Lake Placid Olympic Museum. Two-way traffic on Cummings Road is expected to be restored by September.
Businesses on Main Street are still open daily.
There are temporary traffic lights at the intersection of Olympic Drive and Main Street and the intersection of Wesvalley Road and Saranac Avenue.
Parking is limited in the direct work areas. As crews move, parking will be restored.
Public parking lots are accessible, but there will be short periods of limited access due to work in and around those lots.