Governor Cuomo is focusing on healthy and active outdoor activity this year.. That’s becoming more and more clear as he continues to support the region with tax incentives for business as well as for property owners… One of the bigger announcements of grant funding for the North Country from the Governor is a 1.6 million dollar grant for the extension of the Saranac River Trail.. The 1.6 Million Dollar Grant will fund the construction of a bridge over the Saranac River going from the NYSG remediation site down to Durkee Street.. The current phase stops along pine street at the Saranac street bridge not too far from the Police Station.. but there are other segments already built including the waterfront park..
Governor Cuomo has also identified the pedestrian and Biking needs on Route 86 between SaranacLake and Lake Placid as a priority.. That project has received a $761 Million Dollar Grant.. In his statement the governor also commented that these projects are designed to encourage tourism and economic development opportunities across the region, and the state for that matter, and he says they include the addition of accessible sidewalks, improved pedestrian access to public transportation services, construction of new bicycle and pedestrian facilities and the preservation and conversion of abandoned railroad corridors for trail use.
As of Thursday afternoon when we last inquired, there was no word from either the Department of Transportation, or the DEC as to the decision on whether or not to re-open the Unit Management Plan directing the use of the Rail Corridor between Lake Placid and Remsen.. Advocates suggest a recreational trail would boost tourism and business in the region while many, including the rail preservation society say the rails should remain.. But in Plattsburgh, no need for that discussion as the Saranac River Trail Committee now has $1.6 Million Dollars and will move forward on construction of phase two and the signature bridge over the SaranacRiver..