Route 86 closure extended until Saturday evening

A section of state Route 86 over Little Ray Brook is seen severed on Tuesday, Sept. 20 after a day of culvert reconstruction. The portion of highway between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake is expected to be closed until Saturday evening, Sept. 24, and the detour between Ray Brook and Saranac Lake is via McKenzie Pond Road. (News photo — Lauren Yates)

RAY BROOK — Wet weather conditions this week have forced construction crews to extend their closure of a section of state Route 86 in the town of North Elba by one more day.

State Department of Transportation officials announced Thursday, Sept. 22 that a section of Route 86 — the site of the Little Ray Brook culvert re-installation — will remain closed through Saturday evening, Sept. 24. The work was expected to be complete by Friday evening. Motorists traveling between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake will be diverted to a detour on the McKenzie Pond Road (County Route 33). The road closure began on Sunday.

“Depending upon conditions and pace of work, travelers may encounter crews on Route 86 with alternating flows of traffic controlled by flaggers,” a DEC press release stated.

Motorists are urged 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.

Motorists are reminded 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.

For up-to-date travel information, call 511, visit www.511NY.org or download the free 511NY mobile app.

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