LAKE PLACID - At least two-and-a-half weeks of road closure is expected in May due to construction starting on the long-awaited sewer trunk line project.
Portions of state Route 73 and Station Street the intersection of Station Street will be affected at the bend from Lamb Lumber down to Liquids and Solids at the Handlebar. The closure is tentatively set to begin on Tuesday, May 6.
"The road should be opened back up by the (Memorial Day) holiday weekend, pending everything goes right," said Brad Hathaway, village highway superintendent.
Construction workers flag motorists through one-lane through traffic on Station Street Wednesday, April 30 as the sewer trunk replacement began. (Photo — Matthew Turner)
Cars are to detour from 73 via Mill Pond Drive, Old Military Road and Newman Road. Large trucks should avoid the small Newman Road and instead detour through either Mill Pond Drive and Old Military Road.
"Detour signs are already up," Hathaway said. "The rest will be going up this week, defining the rest of the detour."
On Wednesday, April 30, Kubricky Construction Corp., based in Wilton, marked the sewer line and later in the afternoon started cutting a line in the road with a walk-behind saw. Route 73 was down to one lane with motorists being flagged through the work zone.
Brian Baker, foreman of the job, said about 300 feet of Route 73 will be worked on for the sewer line replacement. At the top of the hill is where a new manhole will be put in. Soon the workers will begin to excavate state Route 73 at the top of the hill near Lamb Lumber to Station Street, where the new sewer line will then be tied into an existing sewer line.
The project began last year in August. This is the only phase of the $3.2 million sewer line replacement in which road closures will occur. The contractor will remove two old sewer lines and replace them with one new plastic 30-inch pipe. The project is supposed to be completed sometime around October or November.
Hathaway said he knows the road work will be an inconvenience to some of the businesses along Station Street, but it has to be done now and can't be done during the winter time. Several businesses were open on Station Street Wednesday.
Art Devlin, deputy mayor, talked to many of the store owners before the construction began.
"On Monday after we had the pre-construction meeting, I went around," Devlin said. "They were all very good about it. They said it needed to be done."
Devlin said he is glad the project is happening sooner rather than later.
"We didn't want that to start pushing into our really busy season," Devlin said. "We need to get moving on this."
Georgia Sokol, owner of Station Street Wine and Liquor, talked to Devlin and was understanding of the situation.
"It's a good thing," Sokol said. "I'm glad it will be done before the horse show (in June and July)."
Sokol said her store will be open during the road closure.
"People can park on Station Street and walk around the corner," she said.
Work on the sewer line will not affect the water supply of local businesses or homeowners.