Adirondack Rail-Trail Design Process Begins

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NYC Railroad from Lake Clear LodgeA stakeholder process to determine the design and operation of the recreational trail between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake on the Remsen to Lake Placid Travel Corridor has begun, according to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Regional Director Bob Stegemann.

The core stakeholder groups consist of the executive elected official or designee of the four towns and three villages along the trail, a representative from the Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates and representatives from the three primary user groups – cross country skiers, bicyclist and snowmobilers.

In addition to DEC officials, staff or officials from the Adirondack Park Agency, Olympic Regional Development Authority, and the Department of Transportation are members of the core stakeholder group.

The stakeholder group identified issues of concern which need addressing before the trail can become operational and other stakeholders who will participate in future meetings on specific issues. The issues identified to date include but are not limited to:

· Type of Material used to surface the trail;
· Parking and trail access points;
· Trail amenities;
· Signage – interpretive and directional;
· Road crossings;
· Bridges;
· Illegal motor vehicle and motorized vehicle use;
· Train stations;
· Emergency response; and
· Historic preservation.

The stakeholder process is expected to inform DEC’s development of a draft conceptual trail design and draft conceptual operations and maintenance plan which will be provided for public review and comment in the coming months. DEC will use the final conceptual trail design to develop a request for proposals to design and construct the trail. Rail removal and initial trail construction will begin in the summer of 2017.

If you believe you can help on one or more specific issues regarding the design or operation, contact the town supervisor or village mayor in the community you live.

Photo: Adirondack Railroad looking north from Lake Clear Lodge. Photo by John Warren.

A version of this article was first published on the Adirondack Almanack.

5 thoughts on “Adirondack Rail-Trail Design Process Begins

  1. Rich Loeber

    Interesting that a “History” blog would feature this as the project will destroy something that is listed on the National Registry of HIstoric Places.

  2. Kevin Hanley

    What a waste. Having snowmobile access to the Adirondacks will increase the carbon footprint everyone claims they’re trying to reduce. All those gas guzzling machines, compounded by the vehicles towing them into the area, will foul the fresh smell of the Adirondack park. If it must come to pass, did no one realize that the train could haul more snowmobiles in one load than all the smaller cars and trucks can in several trips? Flatcars could be equipped with fuel tanks and automatic pumping equipment for refueling purposes, or at least haul fuel to designated refill stations. A payable loan from the state could assist the railroad to purchase one of those new Genset prime movers, which have reduced emissions. Was none of this considered – or just ignored? Where gov’t is concerned, logic rarely comes into play!

  3. Ed

    Don’t forget to take a lot of soil borings for unforeseen underground changes to the sub strata over the years of non traffic loading of these corridors. Civil engineer/surveyor for 32+ yrs-avid lover/vacationer of Adirondack Mtns for 30yrs+


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