More cell towers for I-87 ‘dead zone’
ALBANY (AP) – Verizon Wireless says cell phone towers have filled most of the former 80-mile coverage gap along the Adirondack Northway between Albany and Montreal, and it plans to fill the remaining 15-mile space with three more it plans to erect next year.
The wireless carrier says it has built and activated 11 new sites by Interstate-87 since 2008 along a stretch of superhighway in the Adirondack Mountains running from about the north end of Lake George to Keeseville.
The Adirondack Park Agency, which regulates development within the 6 million-acre park, says it has approved 81 tower projects over the last four years.
In January 2007, a Brooklyn motorist slid off the road along the remote stretch of highway and died trying to escape the stuck vehicle, unable to call for help.