Downtown Committee Recommends Re-Routing Trucks around the Village

There are several organizations in Saranac Lake who are requesting that trucks be re-routed to Church Street instead of through the Downtown…  Tim Fortune represents the Downtown Advisory Board.. A group of volunteers made up of community members and business owners commissioned by the Village of Saranac Lake..  “As we all know, downtown is a meeting place whether it be on the sidewalks, or in the immediate storefronts.” Fortune said, “And it’s not conducive to conversation with these large trucks going by, quite often we have to suspend conversation and just wait.” Another issue he sighted is that the road surfaces are prepared differently and he adds that the village maintains the downtown streets while the state maintains Church Street. Fortune spoke to the Village Board on Monday evening about these issues.. Another issue which fortune addressed is the question of truck drivers going up the hill on Church Street..  and one issue that continues to rise to the top is the question of noise..

AUDIO – 081214 – Board Hears Proposal for Re-Routing Truck Traffic Around Saranac Lake

081214 - Rabideau - THUMB Jamie Konkoskie is chairwoman of the healthy infrastructure advisory board in Saranac Lake.. Jamie says now is an opportune time to finish much of what was started with the implementation plan for Broadway..  “A lot of positive changes were made,” she says, “and we think this is one more change that will contribute to having downtown being a positive place for bikes and pedestrians”  Lindy Ellis is a resident of Saranac Lake and an active member of the Skateboard Park Committee.. She added her support for a truck route around Saranac Lake..

Mayor Clyde Rabidau says there are a lot of positive things happening in the community, including the addition of the two hotels.. to that, the board approved a resolution allowing the APA to be the lead agency in charge of environmental impact for the Lake Flower Lodging Project..

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