Gateway project aimed at visitors

TICONDEROGA - A gateway to attract Fort Ticonderoga visitors into the downtown area is being planned.

Drawings of the project design were recently handed out by the Ticonderoga town board.

The gateway will be located at the intersection of Montcalm Street, the Fort Road and Route 22.

It will feature a brick house, a stone rampart, flag poles and landscaping designed to catch the attention of visitors to the fort. From the gateway will be a series of flags leading to the downtown area, which is not visible from the intersection.

More than 80,000 people a year visit Fort Ticonderoga, according to Elan Planning & Design of Saratoga Springs, which has designed the "gateway."

"A visible gateway at this roadway intersection will further the enhancement and promotion of downtown Ticonderoga," Elan planners said in a statement. "It will accomplish this by remotely linking the downtown, which is not visible from the intersection, to this seasonally busy roadway that carries visitors from the fort and from lake-side routes.

"A gateway element at this intersection is intended to offer a hint of the character and quality of downtown with the goal to stir enough interest for a traveler to want to turn onto Montcalm Street and visit downtown," they said. "The proposed concept for the gateway is a combination of regional historical features that are abstracted in design as a way to make a connection with the rich history, but yet depict Ticonderoga as a dynamic place in the present."

Ticonderoga Supervisor Bob Dedrick said the money for the gateway project will come from a member item from state Sen. Betty Little. It has a $30,000 price tag.

The town now has a visitors center located in the Ticonderoga Heritage Museum, which is on Montcalm Street at the entrance to Bicentennial Park.

Dedrick said the gateway and flags that follow will lead visitors to the welcome center and downtown area.

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