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Nason: One sidewalk open on Main Street bridge

One sidewalk has been reopened to foot traffic on the Main Street bridge in Saranac Lake.

Saranac Lake Village Police Chief Bruce Nason says the sidewalk on the Lake Flower side of the bridge is open to pedestrians walking to and from downtown.

Nason adds, however, that people will not be permitted to stand or loiter on the bridge.

Officials were forced to close the bridge to all forms of traffic last week because of high waters caused by flooding.

Nason says that police were detouring pedestrians to Pelkey Lane, but that is no longer the case due to some structural concerns near the intersection with LaPan Highway.

According to Nason, a retaining wall below Pelkey Lane is crumbling and poses a risk to both vehicles and pedestrians.

Village officials opted to reopen one sidewalk on Main Street bridge, because otherwise, senior citizens from the high rise apartments on Kiwassa Avenue would have had to walk all the way to Petrova and back down in order to go downtown.

Meanwhile, village Manager John Sweeney hopes to reopen the entire Main Street bridge following an inspection by engineers.

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