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DOT plans meeting on Whiteface highway

December 10, 2013
JESSICA COLLIER ( , Lake Placid News

WILMINGTON - The state Department of Transportation plans to hold a meeting to inform the public and gather input on the reconstruction of the Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway.

The meeting is set for 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, in the AuSable Room of the Whiteface Mountain Ski Center's Base Lodge at 5021 state Route 86 in Wilmington.

The meeting is an early step in the process to use $12 million Gov. Andrew Cuomo committed in November to repair the 8-mile toll road as well as the toll house at the base of the road, the castle at the top and the elevator that takes visitors to Whiteface Mountain's summit.

Local officials have long been asking for state help in fixing the toll road, also known as state Route 431, which has huge dips and bulges, potholes, poor drainage and holes in the stone wall between the road and the side of the mountain.

DOT spokesman Bryan Viggiani said that at the upcoming meeting, the DOT team working on the project will likely make a presentation about the current plan, though there is plenty that still needs to be decided.

"We're really still scoping it out and still kind of evaluating the options and the construction plan and traffic impacts," Viggiani said.

After that, they plan to take comments from the public.

"We definitely want the public to come out and let us know what they think about the work and hear some of the options," Viggiani said.

Work is set to begin in the spring while the tolled portion of the highway is still closed for the winter, according to a press release. Viggiani said not much will be done before the ground thaws and snow clears. The toll road is a popular place for cross-country skiers in the winter.

The public also may submit written comments to the project manager, Geoffrey Wood, at NYSDOT, Region 1 Design, 50 Wolf Road, Pod 2-3, Albany, NY 12232,



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