People headed from the Northway to Lake Placid should be prepared for delays this summer.
Beginning Monday, June 3, slope repairs and drainage work will effect travel on Route 73 in the vicinity of Cascade Lakes, between Lake Placid and Keene, the state Department of Transportation announced today.
This is the rescheduling of work that was postponed in early May due to the discovery of a fiber-optic cable in an unexpected location. The work has been redesigned to avoid the cable, officials said.
Starting on Monday, traffic will be reduced to one lane, with a temporary traffic signal to control alternating one-way traffic from Lower Cascade Lake to approximately a half-mile east of Bobsled Run Road.
The alternating lane closure pattern is expected to last around-the-clock until Monday, June 24.
Two parking areas frequented by hikers -- at Stagecoach Rock and the overflow lot for Cascade Mountain and Pitchoff Mountain -- will be closed during construction. The main Cascade Mountain and Pitchoff Mountain parking area will remain open.
Boulder removal and rock scaling will occur throughout the remainder of the summer, DOT officials said. That could result in occasional full closure of Route 73 for up to 30 minutes at a time, officials said.
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