continued The reason for the detour is construction on Old Military Road, formally known as Essex County Route 35. A portion of the road is closed until Oct. 1, according to Essex County Department of Public Works Superintendent Anthony LaVigne. The road closure occurs from State Route 86 to Mill Pond Road at the Lake Placid firehouse. The Old Military Road section between the firehouse and Route 73 at the North Elba Showgrounds will remain open; however, construction will continue and delays are expected. Rifenberg Construction is resurfacing the road and replacing the bridge over the Chubb River.
To help ease traffic congestion on Saranac Avenue, Essex County workers put up a temporary traffic light at the corner of Saranac Avenue and Wesvalley Road, near McDonald’s. And the state Department of Transportation has changed the timing of the Saranac Avenue traffic light at Hannaford’s, according to Hathaway.
“This whole detour will evolve as this job goes on,” Hathaway said. “If they find out the red light (at Wesvalley Road) doesn’t work, they’ll try to figure something else out.”
All the big trucks are being sent along the state highways (Main Street) in downtown Lake Placid.