Water main, Saranac Avenue drainage work continues on Main Street

Construction along Main Street, at the corner of Saranac Avenue, can be seen across Mirror Lake from Mirror Lake Drive on Tuesday, April 20. (News photo — Andy Flynn)

LAKE PLACID — Construction crews upgrading Main Street expect to continue excavating for the new water main from Monday, April 26 to Friday, April 30, according to Haley Breen, community development director for the town of North Elba and village of Lake Placid.

They are trying to complete 100 feet of new 16-inch waterline installation daily, working from the north end of the village near the intersection of Main Street and Saranac Avenue.

Sections of the water main will be chlorinated and pressure tested from Saranac Avenue to the Great Adirondack Brewing Company. Once approved, another crew will start making connections to the buildings. If that’s not complete this week, it is expected to be donw the following week.

Also, crews will continue installing drainage for Saranac Avenue’s stormwater management system.

Businesses on Main Street are still open daily for business.

Parking will be limited in the direct work area. As crews move, parking will be restored. Parking is available on both sides of the street; remember to park with the direction of traffic. Delivery zones 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).