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Main Street update: Snow, rain slow progress

Signs at the municipal parking lot on Main Street welcome people to Lake Placid and warn them about construction. (News photo — Andy Flynn)

LAKE PLACID — Weather has hampered efforts to upgrade Main Street over the past week, but work is continuing as planned for the most part.

Construction crews managed to replace a fire hydrant at Mirror Lake Drive near intersection of Saranac Avenue Wednesday, April 21 before shutting down operations due to snow, according to Haley Breen, community development director for the town of North Elba and village of Lake Placid. That meant work on the stormwater management system at One Main Park was put on hold. More snow was expected for the following day. Weather-permitting, work was to continue on the One Main Park project and the installation of a new water main.

As a result of rain, construction activities were altered on April 15 and 16.

For the week of Monday, April 26 to Friday, April 30, work will continue on the water main. Crews hope to complete 100 to 200 feet of new 16-inch waterline installation each day, working their way from the north end of town near the intersection of Main Street and Saranac Avenue.

Drainage installation work for the new stormwater management system will depend on material deliveries. Until then, crews will continue to work at One Main Park.

Businesses on Main Street are still open daily for business.

Parking will be limited in the direct work area, and it will be restored as crews move.

Delivery zones on Main Street are open and reached by driving northbound. They may be moved as work areas move.

Detours will run through the end of June during the spring 2021 construction cycle. Trucks and cars traveling through Lake Placid to or from Saranac Lake are being directed to use Old Military Road between Saranac Avenue (Route 86) and Sentinel Road (Route 73).

Traffic through Main Street will move like in a rotary. It will be one way north from the post office to One Main Street Park, and up the hill on Saranac Avenue to St. Agnes Church. Hillcrest Avenue will be one way southbound to the Crowne Plaza on Olympic Drive. Olympic Drive between the Crowne Plaza and Main Street are two-way.

Two temporary traffic lights are active. One is located at the Olympic Drive and Main Street intersection near the Olympic Conference Center. Another is located at the intersection of Wesvalley Road and Saranac Avenue.

Information about the Main Street upgrade, including an interactive map of the detours, can be found on the village website — http://villageoflakeplacid.ny.gov/ — under “Main Street upgrade.”

Questions can be sent by email to lpinfo@villageoflakeplacid.ny.gov or by contacting Development Director Haley Breen (518-523-9516 ext. 267) or Village Clerk Anita Estling (518-523-2584).