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Main Street work delayed until Sept. 13

LAKE PLACID — The start date for Main Street construction has been pushed from Tuesday, Sept. 7 to Monday, Sept. 13, village of Lake Placid and town of North Elba Community Development Director Haley Breen said Friday, Sept. 3.

The schedule change is due to an unforeseen complication in the schedule of the contractor. The detour and currently inactive traffic light at the intersection of Olympic Drive and Main Street will be reactivated on Sept. 10. There will be no construction activity on Main Street until this time.

Built into the village’s contract with Kubricky Construction, the company chosen to lead the Main Street overhaul, which began in the spring, was a caveat that construction pause during the peak of the summer tourism season in July and August. Ultimately, the village allowed some construction to continue this summer, confined to off-street parking lots. Starting Sept. 13, construction will continue in earnest.

Drivers will only be able to travel north along Main Street, just like earlier this year. However, Hillcrest Avenue won’t be reduced to one-way traffic again — the village announced last week that the street would continue to be two-way.

Tasks will include water line work near the lower municipal lot across from NBT Bank, the installation of trench lines on the west side of Main Street, the tearing out of curbing, replacing it, and prepping and laying down the new sidewalk, which will be granite. The village doesn’t have enough granite to complete the sidewalk, so most of the sidewalk will be complete, but the construction company plans to temporarily fill a portion of the sidewalk with concrete until next spring.

Customers should be able to access businesses along Main Street while sidewalks are being installed, except when crews are replacing the sidewalk directly in front of a business’s front door. Village officials have said business owners will be told in advance when to expect construction in front of their building.