The state Department of Transportation still plans to repave state Route 86 between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid this spring.
Meanwhile, another section of Route 86 and portions of state Route 30 in the towns of Brighton and Tupper Lake will be improved sooner than planned as part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $1.2 billion New York Works program.
A 12-mile section of Route 86 between Lake Placid and Wilmington will receive "pavement preservation treatment" this year at a cost of $3.5 million, according to a Tuesday press release from the governor's office.
"It's basically a repaving," state Department of Transportation spokeswoman Carol Breen said. "The standard repaving will remove the top layer and put down a brand-new layer. It's more in-depth than just paving over what's there, but not going as far as complete reconstruction of the road."
State Sen. Betty Little said the investment in North Country roads and bridges benefits those who live and work here, creates new jobs and helps tourism.