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Budget woes crimps road

WARRENSBURG - The state Department of Environmental Conservation issued a report Thursday highlighting the impact of New York's fiscal woes on the agency's day-to-day operations.

According to information issued last week by DEC Region 5 spokesman David Winchell, the state's budget shortfall is limiting the agency's ability to conduct road maintenance in the Adirondack Forest Preserve.

Additionally, fiscal problems have delayed construction of recreational facilities on easement lands and have prevented the hiring of assistant forest rangers this summer.

The report also notes a number of roads will remain temporarily closed due to the inability to maintain and patrol them. Dozens of roads are currently closed to public motor vehicle access.

Many area roadways are gated due to muddy conditions and will remain closed until maintenance can be conducted. The roads are still open for non-motorized recreational use.

The release notes that ongoing parking lot, road, trail, and public facility projects have been suspended pending further funding.

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