Schroon Lake After years of complaints, a section of Route 9 from Schroon Lake south to Pottersville will be paved this year.
Bryan Viggiani, New York State Department of Transportation Region 1 public information officer, confirmed the stretch of highway will be repaired.
“A stretch of Route 9 between Pottersville (Warren County) and Schroon Lake (Essex County) is tentatively scheduled for paving this coming construction season,” he said. “We do not yet have exact dates yet.”
Mike Marnell, Schroon supervisor, said he believes the work will be completed before the summer tourism season.
“That’s a terrible stretch of road,” Marnell said. “Everyone who drives on it feels like they’ve been beaten up. It’s really rough.”
Marnell, who is a former Schroon highway superintendent, said local officials have been asking DOT to repair the road for the past decade.
“We’ve been asking for a long time,” he said. “Our emergency squad tries to stay off that road because of all the bouncing and noise.”
Route 9 from Schroon south to Pottersville is a concrete highway, Marnell said. It was constructed in 1956-57. The state DOT made some repairs in 1998, Marnell said, but the road has never been totally repaved.
“It may an inconvenience for a while, I suspect they’ll close one lane at a time,” Marnell said of the paving, “but it really needs to be done.”
Marnell is pleased the state will pave Route 9, but he believes the road needs to be totally reconstructed.
“This (paving) will buy them 10-12 years, but that concrete is going to be a problem in the future,” he said. “They need to rebuild that road.”