Monday, August 21, 2023

DEC Announces Aug. 23 Public Meeting on Adirondack Rail Trail

The Adirondack Rail Trail as seen in the nine-mile segment between Floodwood and Tupper Lake.

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will host a public meeting on Aug. 23, to provide updates on project progress and future planning, address community concerns, and answer questions. Public and stakeholder participation is vital to the success of the rail trail project and will help inform future public communication needs.

The public meeting will be held Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., in the Adirondack Park Agency (APA) Boardroom, 1133 NYS Route 86, Ray Brook. DEC Project Manager Keith Carrow will provide updates on project status, insight into future planning for signage and interpretation, and answer questions related to the project.

Phase one of the Adirondack Rail Trail is under construction by Kubricky Construction and is scheduled to be complete this year. Phase two construction is underway by Rifenburg Construction and includes the portion of trail between Saranac Lake and Floodwood Road in Santa Clara. DEC urges the public to refrain from using any portion of the trail while it is closed for construction.

Lake Placid to Saranac Lake: CLOSED for public use. Use of the corridor is prohibited for the duration of the summer and fall until Phase 1 is complete. Visitors are advised to respect posted signage and barricades.
Saranac Lake to Floodwood Road, Town of Santa Clara: CLOSED for public use. Use of the corridor is prohibited for the duration of the construction contract. Visitors are advised to respect posted signage and barricades.
Tupper Lake: Interim recreation is allowed at users’ own risk on this unimproved section of the corridor. Public use may be limited or restricted in sections due to hazardous conditions or active construction or maintenance. ATV use is prohibited. Visitors should be mindful of posted signage and barricades.
Saranac Lake Depot: Work has started on the parking lot at the Saranac Lake Depot.
Updates can be found on the DEC’s Adirondack Rail Trail webpage.

The Adirondack Rail Trail as seen in the nine-mile segment between Floodwood and Tupper Lake. Explorer file photo by Phil Brown.

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3 Responses

  1. Gary N. Lee says:

    Better think about some beaver control as this rail trail passes through wetlands all the way from Tupper to Lake Placid, as they love to use the culverts and bridge crossings for their dams which will wash out the trail.

  2. MICHAEL DUMAS says:

    will you update with notes from the public meeting for those who can not attend?…thanks

  3. What in God’s blue-eyed world is going on where the trail crosses Rte 86? TWO 70-car parking lots, one on each side? Or a recreation of the drive-in that used to be between Ray Brook and Lake Placid?

    Isn’t the trail corridor constitutionally protected State Forest Preserve?

    Sheesh.

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