Main Street upgrades continue with water main, stormwater drainage

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 — Construction crews upgrading Main Street expect to continue excavating for the new water main from Monday, May 3 to Friday, May 7, according to Haley Breen, community development director for the town of North Elba and village of Lake Placid.

Sections of the water main will be chlorinated and pressure tested from Saranac Avenue to the Great Adirondack Brewing Company. After it is tested and approved, another crew will start making connections to the buildings in the coming week if they can’t get to it during the week of Monday, April 26.

Drainage crews will continue to install drainage for the stormwater management system on Saranac Avenue. When that work is complete, they will start road reconstruction on Mirror Lake Drive, which will involve excavating the existing pavement and replacing it with a new subbase course.

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).