Work crews are back on the Sara-Placid Highway today to complete a resurfacing project.
The state Department of Transportation previously told the Enterprise the state Route 86 project would last about two weeks. Spokeswoman Carol Breen said in an email Thursday the project actually had two portions: the placement of new asphalt, which is currently curing, and resurfacing.
"They are starting today and will resurface the road and lay down blacktop," Breen said. "It's probably going to take about two weeks."
Motorists should expect delays, she said.
The 8-mile stretch of highway between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid - one of the most heavily traveled roads in the Adirondack Park - has been in rough shape for many years. Up until last year, the state said it couldn't afford to resurface Route 86.
The project will include narrower travel lanes to leave about a foot of extra room on each shoulder for other users, including cyclists who advocated for the highway to be widened.
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