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Saranac Lake continues infrastructure projects

Scenes like this one at McClelland Street have become commonplace in the village of Saranac Lake this year as work continues on water, sewer, road and sidewalk reconstruction projects. Here the village is replacing a sidewalk adjacent to the Tri-Lakes Regional Federal Credit Union.

Scenes like this one at McClelland Street have become commonplace in the village of Saranac Lake this year as work continues on water, sewer, road and sidewalk reconstruction projects. Here the village is replacing a sidewalk adjacent to the Tri-Lakes Regional Federal Credit Union. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— Village workers and contractors are making progress on their infrastructure work, including the sanitary sewer and drinking water system improvement projects, road paving and sidewalk reconstruction.

The water main installation work is complete, according to a statement released by Saranac Lake village officials on July 3. In June, workers connected the water main pipes from three village roads to pipes underneath adjoining state highways. They were: McClelland Street, at the intersection of Broadway (Route 86); Route 3 near Pine Street; and St. Bernard’s Street, on both ends — Church Street (Routes 3/86) and River Street (Route 3).

Contractors repaved Park Avenue from the American Management Association gate to Old Military Road, Old Military Road, and Grove Street during the week of July 2-6. The work was almost complete as of Monday, July 9, Village Manager John Sweeney said.

Village officials are identifying other streets eligible for repaving as part of the drinking water system project.

Work will begin soon on the rehabilitation of the Lower Dorsey Street sanitary sewer main between Church Street and Woodruff Street along the Saranac River. Residents should expect minor delays in that area.

The Old Lake Colby Road sanitary sewer replacement project is scheduled to begin on Monday, July 16, Sweeney said. Crews will be milling and digging at the village line and work toward Broadway. Only local traffic will be allowed on Old Lake Colby Road until the project is complete, which is expected to be Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3.

During the Saranac Lake Village Board meeting Monday, July 9, Trustee Tom Catillaz asked what was happening at the bottom of McClelland Street, at the junction of Broadway. He was concerned that the sidewalk was gone and there was a big hole in the ground and a boulder “the size of a Volkswagen Bug” in the parking lot of the Tri-Lakes Federal Credit Union. Sweeney told Catillaz the village is replacing the sidewalk as part of the water project. The road remained closed Monday and Tuesday.

Residents are encouraged to check for updates on the infrastructure projects at the village’s website, www.saranaclakeny.gov. Questions may also be directed to Village Manager John Sweeney at 891-4150 or manager@saranaclakeny.gov.

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