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Road work on Sara-Placid Highway starts Monday

Road work backs up traffic on state Route 86 outside Saranac Lake in May 2011. (News photo — Jessica Collier)

RAY BROOK — The highway between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake will be resurfaced, starting Monday, which is expected to delay traffic for the next five weeks.

The state Department of Transportation is advising motorists to watch for alternating lane closures on an approximate 6.9-mile stretch of state Route 86 in the village of Lake Placid and the town of North Elba starting next week, weather permitting, for road resurfacing.

The lane closures will occur from Route 86’s intersection with Elm Street in Lake Placid, a block up from Main Street next to Lake Placid Family Dental, west through Ray Brook to the railroad crossing just outside of the village of Saranac Lake, near Turtle Pond.

The DOT says motorists should expect nighttime lane closures over the length of the project for pavement preparation during the week of May 17. Later in the week, weather permitting, motorists should watch for alternating lane closures controlled by flaggers between Elm Street and Barn Road, Lake Placid, on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Later in May, motorists should watch for alternating single lanes of travel controlled by flaggers on weeknights from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. between Barn Road and the railroad crossing near Turtle Pond.

Lane closures will also occur to repave short lengths of connecting side streets.

Lane closures are scheduled to wrap up for the spring by June 20.

The DOT said alternating lane closures will resume after Labor Day when crews return to finish remaining work, which should be completed by this fall.

The DOT reminds motorists to obey flaggers’ directions, to move over a lane if safely possible, or slow down significantly whenever encountering roadside vehicles displaying red, white, blue, amber or green lights, including maintenance and construction vehicles in work zones.

The DOT urges motorists to slow down and drive responsibly in work zones. Fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. Convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver license.