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DEC Contact: Erin Hanczyk (518) 897-1361
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OGS Contact: Georgina Parsons (518) 474-5987

May 31, 2023


Adirondack Rail Trail Now Closed to the Public Between Lake Placid and Floodwood Road

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos and Office of General Services (OGS) Commissioner Jeanette Moy today announced Rifenburg Construction was awarded the $8.75 million construction contract for the second phase of the Adirondack Rail Trail. Construction is set to begin within the next two weeks and includes the portion of trail between Saranac Lake and Floodwood Road in Santa Clara.


“It is exciting to see the Adirondack Rail Trail construction continue a transformation that will attract visitors from near and far year-round,” Commissioner Seggos said. “Worksite safety is always a priority so DEC is reminding visitors and neighbors to avoid use in all closed portions of the trail so workers and the public can stay safe and the project continues to advance.”


“The OGS team is proud to have an important role in developing a recreational path that Governor Hochul said is destined to become one of the premier attractions in one of the most picturesque areas of our state,” Commissioner Moy said. “With its scenic views and abundance of wildlife, traversing New York’s Adirondack Region can be the experience of a lifetime, and we are excited to embark on the second phase of the Adirondack Rail Trail project with our friends at the DEC.”


Phase one of the trail is still under construction by Kubricky Construction and is set to be complete this fall. During this time, public use on the Lake Placid to Floodwood Road portion of trail is prohibited for public safety. DEC urges the public to refrain from using any portion of the trail while it is closed. Currently, walkers and bikers using parts of the trail during its construction are creating unsafe situations in work zones.


Recent updates:

  • Lake Placid to Saranac Lake: CLOSED for public use. Use of the corridor is prohibited for the duration of the summer until phase one is complete. Please respect posted signage and barricades.
  • Saranac Lake to Floodwood Road, Town of Santa Clara: CLOSED for public use. Use of the corridor is prohibited for the duration of the construction contract except during the winter shutdown between December 18 to March 31.  Please respect posted signage and barricades.
  • Tupper Lake: Interim recreation is allowed at users' own risk on this unimproved section of the corridor. Public use may be limited or restricted in sections due to hazardous conditions or active construction or maintenance. ATV use is prohibited. Please respect posted signage and barricades.
  • Saranac Lake Depot: Work began on the parking lot at the Saranac Lake Depot.

Updates can be found on the Adirondack Rail Trail webpage (https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/124911.html). Additional details about the 2020 Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan Amendment/Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (https://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/62816.html) are available at DEC's website.


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