SARANAC LAKE — High water levels have not stopped construction on Broadway here.
As spring snowmelt ensues, Saranac Lake Department of Public Works is preparing roadways for the Broadway project, which will replace sewer and water lines between Bloomingdale Avenue and Dorsey Street.
Work along Broadway includes replacing about 400 feet of critical infrastructure then rebuilding the sidewalks and repaving the road.
It will all be done at the same time in order to achieve cost and time efficiency, according to village officials.
Altogether, the project is expected to cost $389,800.
Timing coincides with the Saranac Lake School District spring break, when traffic through the village drops significantly.
About 25 small businesses and the Post Office are situated on Broadway, which is also Route 86 and connects Lake Colby to Main Street at the heart of Saranac Lake’s shopping district.
Visitors can detour around construction via Church Street to reach Bloomingdale Avenue and points north and west on Route 86.
Route 3 to Tupper Lake is not affected directly by detours on Broadway.
Saranac Lake Department of Public Works Superintendent Jeff Dora issued an alert via email.
“On (April 16) at 5 p.m., the DPW will be doing the initial roadway closure and detour setup for (contractor) J.E. Sheehan. By 6 p.m. Wednesday, Broadway will be closed,” he said.
“Traffic will be able to access Broadway between Main Street and Woodruff Street, but this will be for locals only.
“At 6 a.m. (today, April 17), Broadway will be reopened to traffic but will be limited to one way only. Traffic will be moving from north to south on Broadway.
“There will also be no parking on either side of Broadway between Main Street and Bloomingdale Avenue. The parking lot at Berkeley (Green) will continue to be time limited, but will be available for overnight parking.”
The Broadway water-line and sewer-repair work will be completed by the end of June, in time for the busiest part of the summer tourism season, officials said.
Construction had initially looked to start as early in April as possible, but frost had pushed very deep into the ground with the winter’s extreme cold.
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