Cascades ready to get facelift through May

— The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) today advised motorists that construction will begin Wednesday, April 24, on a project to make slope repairs along Route 73 in the vicinity of Cascade Lakes between Lake Placid and Keene, Essex County. Starting on approximately May 1, traffic will be reduced to one lane, with a temporary traffic signal to control alternating one-way traffic from Lower Cascade Lake to approximately .5 miles east of Bobsled Run Road.

The lane closure will be in effect through May, with construction completed and all lanes open to traffic before Memorial Day weekend. The road may be fully closed for up to 30 minutes at a time as needed for boulder removal and rock scaling operations, which could present hazards to passing traffic. Three parking areas – at Stagecoach Road, Cascade Mountain and Pitchoff Mountain – also will be closed during construction.

At some point during construction, Route 73 will be closed completely for one weekend, between 6 a.m. on Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday. It is expected this weekend closure will occur May 11-12, depending on weather and work schedule. The final dates will be announced to the traveling public in advance. During the closure, traffic will follow a signed detour along Routes 86 and 9N, Springfield Road (County Road 83) and Fox Farm Road (County Road 63).

The dates of the repairs were scheduled in cooperation with local municipalities to avoid the busy summer and fall tourist seasons. During construction, motorists should expect delays and consider alternate routes.

Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone. In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver’s license.

For up-to-date travel information, call 511 or visit www.511NY.org.

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