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Cascade Lakes project to close Route 73

Through traffic detoured through Wilmington for two weekends

Motorists will encounter signs like this near the Cascade Lakes on State Route 73 for two weeks.

Motorists will encounter signs like this near the Cascade Lakes on State Route 73 for two weeks. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— Work began Tuesday, May 8 to stabilize the slope along the south side of Route 73 near Stagecoach Rock in the town of North Elba, according to the New York State Department of Transportation.

“There’s a slope along Route 73 that we’ve had a lot of erosion on, and we need to stabilize it,” DOT spokesperson Carol Breen said of the 13-day project.

A mix of small and medium rocks will be used to repair erosion damage and prevent future erosion along approximately 100 feet of Route 73 adjacent to the Cascade lakes.

The DOT has worked closely with the Adirondack Park Agency and the State Department of Environmental Conservation to plan this project in a way that would greatly improve safety for the traveling public while minimizing impacts to the surrounding Forest Preserve land and wetlands and their delicate ecosystems.

Motorists will encounter alternating one-way traffic controlled by flaggers and should expect traffic delays. It is important that motorists obey all flagger directions and drive carefully through the work zone. The work also will require two total road closures.

The closures will occur from 6 a.m. on Saturday to 8 p.m. on Sunday on the weekends of May 12-13 and May 19-20, at which point the project will be completed.

Just more than a mile section of Route 73 will be closed to traffic during repairs. A signed detour utilizing Route 9N, Springfield Road, Fox Farm Road and Route 86 will be put in place for through traffic.

Hiking trails and trailhead parking at Cascade Lake will remain open during construction.

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