The state Department of Transportation has decided not to realign a busy intersection in the village of Tupper Lake, ceding to the wishes of the many residents and business owners who were against the proposal.
In a Friday press release, DOT announced that the agency has selected a preferred alternative for the reconstruction of state Routes 3 and 30, where Park and Mill streets meet.
"The selected alternative will utilize the existing highway footprint rather than pursue development of a new alignment, which would have significant impacts on existing properties and businesses in the village," the release states.
The state Department of Transportation has decided it will not realign this intersection in Tupper Lake, seen here in February.
(Enterprise file photo — Jessica Collier)
At a public meeting in September, DOT officials outlined three options for dealing with the intersection, which is difficult for large trucks to navigate: do nothing, upgrade the existing streets, or create a new alignment.
The new alignment would have been a roundabout or T-style intersection, either of which would have required the state to take several buildings and would have forced the relocation of Day Wholesale, which would have lost most of its parking lot. Most people spoke out against any realignment of the intersection.
The alternative DOT ultimately picked involves the reconstruction of Wawbeek Avenue, Park Street, Mill Street and Lake Street, from Pleasant Avenue to Mill Street.
"Minor improvements will be made to the remainder of Lake Street as part of the project to accommodate traffic using Lake Street as a detour around ongoing work," the release said. "The project will also include improvements to the water and sewer lines along the length of the project."
The $12.7 million project is expected to go out to bid in October of 2014, with construction to begin in the spring of 2015. DOT says the work will take approximately two years to complete.