ALBANY — The state Department of Environmental Conservation said that parking will be prohibited on additional sections of state Route 73 in the town of Keene in Essex County. The parking prohibition supports DEC's multi-year, comprehensive effort to promote sustainable tourism and address public safety in the Adirondacks.
Combined with parking prohibitions enacted in 2018, parking will be prohibited on a four-mile stretch on the shoulders of both lanes of Route 73 between Chapel Pond and Rooster Comb Trailhead Parking Area. Parking will continue to be allowed in designated pull-offs at trailheads and other locations. DEC closed the additional parking for public safety reasons, primarily because pedestrians, mainly hikers, and bicyclists were forced to walk or ride in vehicle lanes when parked vehicles occupied the shoulder of the road, the DEC said.
The state has begun installing "No Parking" signs along the additional sections of the road. Crews are expected to complete installing the signs by Friday, at which time the prohibition will be enforced. Law enforcement will increase patrols in the area to enforce the parking prohibition.
Hikers and other motorists should be aware that the town of Keene is also prohibiting roadside parking on the following roads and streets:
- Au Sable Roa
- St. Huberts Road
- Market Street
- Adirondack Street
- Mason Young Lane in Keene Valley