LAKE PLACID - The state Department of Transportation plans to spend 13 days rebuilding a slope along state Route 73 near the Cascade Lakes between Lake Placid and Keene.
"There is a slope failure just east of Stagecoach Rock which we need to address," the DOT's Ed Opatkiewicz said. Work will begin Tuesday, and the DOT will have alternating one-way traffic most days until the project is done, which is scheduled for May 20.
The highway will be entirely closed to all traffic May 12-13 and May 19-20 - from 6 a.m. Saturday to 8 p.m. Sunday each weekend. Traffic will be detoured through Upper Jay and Wilmington: from Lake Placid on state Route 86 to Wilmington's Fox Farm Road, Springfield Road to Upper Jay and state Route 9N to Keene and Route 73. Signs will mark the detour, according to the DOT.
For the rest of the project, the DOT said motorists should expect delays as flaggers control the alternating one-way traffic.
"It is important that motorists obey all flagger directions and drive carefully through the work zone," the DOT said in a press release.
Hiking trails and trailhead parking at Cascade Lake will remain open during construction.
A mix of small and medium rocks will be used to repair erosion damage and prevent future erosion along about 100 feet of the highway, in the town of North Elba just next to the Keene town line.
The DOT reported that it has worked closely with the state Adirondack Park Agency and the Department of Environmental Conservation to plan this project in a way that would improve travelers' safety while minimizing impacts to ecosystems of the surrounding Forest Preserve and wetlands.