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The Town of North Elba Board is moving forward with a project to build a recreational trail from Lake Placid to Ray Brook. While many on the board were uncomfortable with the three point one million dollar expense, they’ve taken a new look at proposals to reduce the overall costs to build the trail and have made changes which will save up to $700,000 on the project.
The original cost projection for engineering… Was $284,000 and the original cost for the trail was $3.1 million – after negotiations, the cost of the rail trail is now $2.4 million and the engineering $240,000
North Elba Supervisor Robi Politi says a lot of the expense reductions can be attributed to the elimination of a trail head that was in the project, reduction of engineering fees and the reduction in the overall size of the wire baskets called gaybiens that hold stones for erosion control. Politi says the engineers decided these erosion walls didn’t need to be as high as eight feet but rather in most cases, four feet and all of these reductions now make the trail feasible.
Politi says the state is bearing down in terms of wanting to get this going, and the grant requires that the process move forward prior to December 31st otherwise the money would be lost. With the reduction of $700,000 in expenses and the approach of the grant deadline, the board appears comfortable to move forward.