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Governor Andrew Cuomo (at right) with Wilmington supervisor Randy Preston (L) and DEC commissioner Joe Martens. Photo: Mike Lynch <em>Adirondack Daily Enterprise</em>
Governor Andrew Cuomo (at right) with Wilmington supervisor Randy Preston (L) and DEC commissioner Joe Martens. Photo: Mike Lynch Adirondack Daily Enterprise

$12 million to restore Whiteface Memorial Highway

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During his visit to the Adirondacks yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced that New York will spend 12-million dollars refurbishing Whiteface Memorial Highway in Wilmington.

Ted Blazer is head of the Olympic Regional Development Authority, which manages the 8-mile tourist road to the summit of Whiteface Mountain. He says the popular destination is in serious need of repair.

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"There's areas where the edges of the roadway have given way," Blazer said. 

According to state officials more than 28-thousand visitors drive to the top of Whiteface every year.  Blazer says the 12-million dollars will also be used to pay for repairs to the castle and handicap access elevator at the summit.

"We're looking at how we can incorporate a portion of these funds to do the castle repointing and the infrastructure of the elevator that goes up."

The Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway first opened to tourists in 1935.  It's dedicated to the memory of veterans who served in World War I .

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