SARATOGA LAKE -- A 200-foot section of state Route 9P on the east side of Saratoga Lake will close for several weeks starting Monday while crews make emergency repairs where a slope below the road is failing due to stormwater runoff.
The short segment is located near Spruce Ridge, about 1.5-miles north of Snake Hill. The section will be totally closed, but the state Department of Transportation said it expects at least one lane to re-open by May 23, just ahead of the Memorial Day weekend.
The slope between the road and the lake has suffered erosion. DOT plans to install a 12-foot-high retaining wall under the west shoulder of the road and also address the drainage issues that led to the erosion. The area sometimes sees heavy storm runoff because the highway is located between a steep hillside and the lake.
Local traffic will be able to use Route 9P as far as the work barriers on each side, but through traffic will face a somewhat lengthy detour, using Cedar Bluff Road, County Route 70, and state Route 423. The detour will be signed.
The work is being done on an emergency basis using one of the state's emergency response contractors, so the cost of the work isn't yet known, said state DOT spokesman Bryan Viggiani.
The work will be taking place in the least-traveled section of Route 9P, with an average of about 2,700 vehicles per day, according to DOT figures. But like every road around Saratoga Lake, Route 9P becomes much busier between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Viggiani said the work is being timed to have the road at least partially open by the holiday weekend.