DOT: Route 86 work to continue today

A section of state Route 86 is seen severed on Tuesday after a day of construction by the state Department of Transportation on a large culvert over Little Ray Brook. (Enterprise photo — Lauren Yates)

RAY BROOK — The state’s work replacing a culvert on state Route 86, which involves a closure of a portion of the road connecting Lake Placid and Saranac Lake, will continue through Saturday evening.

The work was initially scheduled to last through Friday night, but state Department of Transportation Public Information Officer Bryan Viggiani said due to delays caused by heavy rains this week, the work will last one more day. The work began on Sept. 18 after being postponed from an initial Sept. 11 start date.

During the closure, a detour has been posted for motorists to use McKenzie Pond Road (county Route 33), which becomes Pine Street and River Road in the village of Saranac Lake.

The DOT is replacing a large culvert over Little Ray Brook. Work will continue after the road is re-opened.

“Depending upon conditions and pace of work, travelers may encounter crews on Route 86 with alternating flows of traffic controlled by flaggers during weekdays starting Monday,” Viggiani wrote in a news release. “Motorists are urged to slow down and drive responsibly in work zones. Fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. Convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver license.”

He reminded drivers to move over a lane if possible, or slow down significantly whenever encountering roadside vehicles displaying red, white, blue, amber or green lights, including maintenance and construction vehicles in work zones.

For up-to-date travel information, call 511, visit www.511NY.org or download the free 511NY mobile app.


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