Village of Saranac Lake updates infrastructure projects

SARANAC LAKE – The village has called off a ribbon-cutting ceremony originally scheduled for today to celebrate the reopening of Broadway, one of several infrastructure projects updated at Monday night’s village board meeting.

“It’s not come together soon enough, and we’ll have to forgo that,” Mayor Clyde Rabideau said. “We’re thinking of other ways to recognize the opening of Broadway and helping the businesses to get their customers back.”

Rabideau had announced the ribbon-cutting ceremony in a post on his Facebook page Friday, the same day crews completed paving and striping the road. That work wrapped up a major infrastructure project that launched in mid April on Broadway between Bloomingdale Avenue and Dorsey Street. The project involved replacement of decades-old water and sewer lines, storm water drainage, and the installation of new curbs and sidewalks.

“I just want to thank our staff for working very hard to get Broadway completed,” Rabideau said.

Duprey Street

Meanwhile, work on Duprey Street appears to be winding down.

Over the last few weeks, contractors hired by the village have replaced a roughly 500-foot section of sewer line underneath the road, between Tara Drive and Lake Flower Avenue. The village declared it an “emergency” project after an engineering report found the sewer line could collapse at any time.

Repaving of the road took place Tuesday. Rabideau told the Enterprise this morning that crews were supposed to repave driveway aprons along the road today, but that work may be delayed due to rain.

The board agreed Monday to pull $250,000 from its sewer repair reserve fund to help pay for the Duprey Street work. Treasurer Paul Ellis said the change won’t affect sewer rates set by the board earlier this year, but the sewer budget will go up by that amount.

Pulling the $250,000 from the reserve fund leaves it with a balance of about $400,000, Ellis said.

Lake Flower Avenue

The replacement of sidewalks on Lake Flower Avenue is ongoing.

The work is part of a temporary fix of the road that the village and the state Department of Transportation agreed to last year while a longer upgrade to the road sits on the state’s back burner. Since it began several weeks ago, the project has led to long traffic delays on the road, which is part of state Route 86.

Rabideau said Monday that DOT had limited the sidewalk contractor, Luck Brothers of Plattsburgh, to only replacing 800 linear feet of curb and sidewalk at a time.

“We asked them if they could extend that some so we could shorten up the time frame, given the fact that it’s more productive to go in an assembly-line fashion the greatest distance one can,” Rabideau said. “It appears they acquiesced. It looks like they extended it a couple hundred more feet, and hopefully that will shorten up the inconvenience.”

The sidewalk replacement will take another two to three weeks.

“That brings us into the heavy July tourist season,” the mayor said. “It’s nothing anybody wants, but it’s hard not to go into the tourist season with major projects.”

The state doesn’t plan to repave Lake Flower Avenue until the fall, but Rabideau said Monday he’s pushing for “some heavy-duty patching” of the sections of the road that are in the worst condition.

Next up

“We’re moving right along onto our next project,” village Manager John Sweeney announced during Monday’s meeting.

“I’m sure the voters will be very thrilled to hear this,” Rabideau responded.

Sweeney said work is expected to begin after Labor Day on replacement of a sewer line that runs from the corner of Kiwassa Road, Main Street and Lake Street, across the parking lot behind the old village offices, and under LaPan Highway to Dorsey Street. The project is scheduled to wrap up by Nov. 30, Sweeney said.

“Once we have a little bit more definitive contractor meeting, we’ll be setting up public meetings and getting it out there to the press,” Sweeney said.

Ellis said the roughly $1 million project would be paid for using a loan from the state Environmental Facilities Corporation and a $190,000 grant the village received through the North Country Regional Economic Development Council.