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NY funds to boost First Wilderness Heritage Corridor projects

Saratoga-North Creek Railway at the North Creek train station

Saratoga-North Creek Railway at the North Creek train station Photo by Andy Flynn.

— In 2013, revitalizing the infrastructure in communities along the corridor will continue to keep LaMothe and his staff busy.

“At last count, I believe I have 21 projects going on in the corridor from Corinth up to North Creek,” LaMothe said. “Enclosing train stations, designing new sites at the train station complex in Corinth. We’ve got a multitude of projects both big and small throughout the corridor.”

There are two streetscape projects that will be seeing some progress this year: one in Chestertown and one in North Creek.

“We would hope to see construction begin in the spring, and we would like to do the design work over the winter,” LaMothe said of the North Creek streetscape project.

During an interview in early December, LaMothe said he was still waiting to get the contract approved by the New York State Department of State’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program. The town fo Johnsburg is ready to enter into a design contract with the LA Group, and the state has to approve the document.

“The problem that we’ve run into is Hurricane Sandy has diverted all the staff resources left at the state and all these different agencies toward disaster relief,” LaMothe said. “And that’s how it should be, don’t get me wrong. But that has put getting the final contract document approved and signed so that the consultants can get into the community and actually start the design elements.”

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Thanks to the area’s rich heritage, there are many stories to tell along the First Wilderness Heritage Corridor. Native Americans first used this region as hunting grounds. Then the French, English and Americans fought over it during the colonial wars. Mining, logging and tannery companies used much of its natural resources to build a nation. The state of New York decided to protect it under the state constitution as part of the Adirondack Park. And now it’s one of America’s premier tourist destinations.

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