TUPPER LAKE Local and state officials celebrated the completion of an $8.8 million highway project on State Rt. 30 last week. Astrid C. Glynn, New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) commissioner, appeared in Tupper Lake Aug. 27 to commemorate the projects completion. He told those in attendance that he was pleased with the collaborative effort made by NYSDOT and local municipalities. Under Governor Patersons leadership, the State Department of Transportation continues to work with local communities and cooperating agencies to address the unique aspects of state highways in village settings, said Glynn. Incorporating this context-sensitive approach, this project includes features that not only improve traffic mobility, but also enhance the scenic nature of this important route through Tupper Lake. The project saw the completion of both highway reconstruction and spot rehabilitation of a 2.8-mile segment of Route 30 a section of road connecting the Village of Tupper Lake to the hamlet of Long Lake. The primary goal of the construction was to improve the scenic nature of the highway by relocating overhead utilities along the causeway. Additionally, viewing areas and an interpretive kiosk were constructed for motorists seeking to safely stop and enjoy views of Big Tupper Lake and the Adirondack Mountains. Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey (R-Plattsburgh) attended the event, calling the project a great example of agencies working together toward a common goal. The project demonstrates the Departments (NYSDOT) ability to strike a balance between the needs of the traveling public and the scenic beauty of the Adirondacks. Town of Tupper Lake supervisor Roger Amell agreed with Dupreys assessment of the construction. This project has made significant improvements to the Route 30 corridor and has made traveling along Tupper Lake a much more pleasant experience.