The New York State Department of Environmental (DEC) has announced that a low-altitude helicopter flight will take place over the recreational corridor between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake on Tuesday, October 25, in preparation for design and construction of a multi-use recreational trail.
The helicopter will videotape the corridor and its historic features. Additional flights are expected be made to survey the corridor with LIDAR and to obtain aerial photogrammetry data. These flights will fly at higher altitudes.
The state’s plan to govern the use of the 119-mile travel corridor from Remsen to Lake Placid was released in 2016. According to a press release issued by DEC, the State is implementing the plan with $15 million to upgrade the rail line between Big Moose and Tupper Lake and $8 million to build a multi-use recreational trail between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid.
The plan calls for DEC to manage the design, construction, and operation of the 34-mile trail. Since late summer, a stakeholder group has been working on the development of a conceptual design and operation plan for the trail.
The stakeholder group is comprised of elected officials or their delegated representatives from the three villages and four towns along the corridor, DEC, the Olympic Regional Development Authority, Office of General Services, Adirondack Park Agency officials, and local representatives from the biking, hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling communities.
A draft conceptual design and operation plan is expected to be issued for public for review and comment in the next few months. The final conceptual trail design is expected to be used to develop a request for proposals to design and construct the trail. DEC says they plan to begin removing the rails and building the trail in 2017.
Photo courtesy John Warren.