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Sidewalk construction continues in downtown Saranac Lake

Kyle Parmeter, of Fuller Excavating, smoothes out a fresh pour of concrete on the new Broadway sidewalk adjacent to the Berkeley Green. The village is reconstructing sidewalks along sections of Broadway and Main Street in the downtown business district, and work should be completed by June 15.

Kyle Parmeter, of Fuller Excavating, smoothes out a fresh pour of concrete on the new Broadway sidewalk adjacent to the Berkeley Green. The village is reconstructing sidewalks along sections of Broadway and Main Street in the downtown business district, and work should be completed by June 15. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— Reconstruction of the sidewalks in downtown Saranac Lake continued this past week.

Fuller Excavating was awarded the contract to replace the sidewalk on the west side of Main Street and on Broadway Hill. This is part of the $1 million Village of Saranac Lake Sidewalk Replacement Project.

Phase 1 of the project — replacement of sidewalk on Broadway between Main Street and Woodruff Street — was expected to be complete by Memorial Day weekend. The village Department of Public Works (DPW) completed demolition and removal of sidewalk in two days, and construction began Monday, May 14. Sidewalks remained open on Broadway, but pedestrians are urged to use caution in the area.

Construction on all sidewalks will take place between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. during the week.

In the meantime, work on the west side of Main Street began May 14 with demolition of the sidewalk and curbs at the alley between the Town Hall and Rice Furniture and proceeding north along Main Street. DPW employees are also installing drainage, removing two old cobra-style street lights, and installing one new antique style street light. Fuller Excavating expects to begin installing curb on May 24 and complete the project by June 15.

Village officials say access to building and business entrances will be maintained at all times, except for limited interruptions when concrete is poured and finished.

During construction, sidewalks will remain open as much as possible; however parking spaces on the west side of Main Street will be closed. At times, traffic on Main Street will be reduced to one lane.

The cost for the sidewalk project along the west side of Main Street is $66,565. The cost for the Broadway Hill phase of the project is $50,550.

Updates on the project can be seen on the Village’s website at www.saranaclakeny.gov or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/saranaclake. Questions may also be directed to Village Manager John Sweeney at 891-4150 or manager@saranaclakeny.gov.

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