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Photo: Brian Mann
Photo: Brian Mann

Essex County Route 73 repairs postponed

KEENE, N.Y. (AP) State transportation officials say they've postponed a project to repair the slopes along one of the main roads in the Adirondack Mountains.

Department of Transportation officials announced Thursday evening that the work scheduled for Route 73 in Essex County has been put on hold after the discovery of a fiber-optic cable line in an unexpected location.  Go to full article

A new way of looking at road, bridge projects

Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed his second blue ribbon panel of the week- this time to oversee infrastructure and capital projects including road and bridge repairs for the state. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

State of Disrepair: aging roads & bridges

Today we begin a week-long series looking at the state of New York's infrastructure, called State of Disrepair. It's a collaboration among all the public radio stations across the state.

The safety of New York's network of roads and bridges has fallen victim to the shaky economy, as highway officials struggle to balance their own budgets. Dave Lucas has more on their call for financial assistance from the state.  Go to full article
It will be prevented from moving through ... by the environmental lobby. Simple as that.

Debate over Adirondack road closures continues

Debate and legal wrangling continue in the Adirondacks over who has the power and authority to close old town roads.

The flashpoint for the conflict is a road from Lake Placid to Keene that currently serves as part of the Jackrabbit ski trail.

But that case could have far-reaching implications for other roads in the Park.

As Chris Morris reports, North Country Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward reintroduced legislation last week that would give final say in these disputes to local town officials.  Go to full article
Lake Champlain Bridge project (File photo)
Lake Champlain Bridge project (File photo)

DOT says Adirondack roads, bridges in rough shape

Officials with the state Department of Transportation say bridges and culverts located inside the Adirondack Park are in rough shape.

DOT officials gave a presentation yesterday at the APA's monthly meeting in Ray Brook.

As Chris Morris reports, the state's budget crisis has forced crews to scale back on maintenance and construction projects.  Go to full article

DEC says Moose River Plains roads to open this weekend

Local government leaders in Hamilton County scored a major victory yesterday with the state's decision to reopen the back country road system in the Moose River Plains. The popular roads provide access to some of the most remote areas of the Adirondack Park. But the state Conservation Department announced earlier this month that budget constraints would force them to leave the routes gated.

A deal on the roads came early Thursday, following trips to Albany by North Country leaders. John Frey, town supervisor in Inlet, spoke yesterday with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

A "rooftop highway," mile by mile

The "rooftop highway" is almost mythical in northern New York. The idea of an Interstate linking Watertown and Plattsburgh, through Gouverneur, Canton, Potsdam, and Malone, has been bouncing around since the 1950s. It's seen as a key to economic development in the North Country. New York's department of transportation estimates the whole project would cost $2 billion and take decades to build. So the DOT is taking public comment on a new plan to take the smallest of steps forward--a passing lane here, decongesting intersections there, maybe even a bypass. 75 people came to last night's meeting in Canton. Few were pleased with what they heard. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

New ?green? rules in place for DOT work in the Adirondacks

Top officials with three state agencies met at a rest stop along the Adirondack Northway yesterday. They announced that New York's Department of Transportation has agreed to a new set of guidelines for projects inside the Adirondack Park. As Jacob Resneck reports, the new agreement follows years of tension between the DOT, the Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Adirondack Park Agency.  Go to full article
Adirondack moose cow and calf (Copyrighted photo courtesy of WCS)
Adirondack moose cow and calf (Copyrighted photo courtesy of WCS)

North Country moose population set to explode

A moose that was tranquilized and moved to a wilderness area after it wandered through Watertown was found dead a day after it was released. Stephen Litwhiler of the state Department of Environmental Conservation told the Associated Press that the 1200-pound bull moose was found dead on Sunday in the Five Ponds Wilderness Area. It will be examined to determine the cause of death. This is the breeding season, and bull moose are on the move looking for mates. Encounters between moose and humans are increasing in the region. Three moose have been hit by cars in the central Adirondacks in the last few weeks. Another was struck by a train in the eastern Adirondacks. Last week, a man was killed on I-93 in St. Johnsbury, Vt. when his car struck a bull moose. Ken Kogut is regional wildlife manager for New York's Department of Environmental Conservation, based in Ray Brook. He told Brian Mann that the moose population in northern New York has reached a tipping point and is expected to increase rapidly.

NOTE: The Wildlife Conservation Society is working with the DEC to collect information about encounters between humans and animals in the Adirondacks, with a focus on moose. If you've had a run-in with wildlife or want to find out more about the study, please click on the WCS link below.  Go to full article
A transportation worker clears debris from a bridge over the East Branch of the Ausable River near Keene.
A transportation worker clears debris from a bridge over the East Branch of the Ausable River near Keene.

Floods Hit Essex County

Heavy rains Saturday and Sunday triggered flooding in parts of Essex County. Roads were closed near Keene, Jay, and Elizabethtown. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

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