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On Wesvalley Road projects

To the editor:

Chairman Bill Hurley and members of the Lake Placid-North Elba Review Board:

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on both Wesvalley projects. As a resident of 35 Chickadee Lane, I am well versed on the traffic flows that occur on Wesvalley Road. As I am sure you are aware, Wesvalley Road is heavily used as an alternative to Main Street. Prior to any approval of both projects, I am requesting a thorough traffic study be done during peak tourist season (ideally in non-pandemic conditions) to assess the current traffic and the additional impacts on traffic that these projects will create.

Prior to any approvals, I also believe the installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of Wesvally and Saranac Avenue should be undertaken.

It would be highly likely that residents of these new proposed units would travel that route to access the various grocery stores Lake Placid has available, adding additional traffic to an allready stressed intersection. (High snow banks also make this intersection challenging.)

Again, thank you for the opportunity to comment.

Don Dew Jr.

Lake Placid

P.S.: Since my previous submission, I have learned that additional impacts to the traffic flow on Wesvalley Road will occur due to the state and village projects that will be undertaken on Saranac Avenue and Main Street over the next three years. These projects will most certainly impact traffic on Wesvalley, and any further development on Wesvalley Road should be delayed until completion of the aforementioned projects. Finally, before any Wesvalley development occurs, a full SEQR (State Environmental Quality Review) should be required to assess any undue adverse impacts the project might create. Again, thank you for the opportunity to comment.

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