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ADIRONDACK REGION BICYCLE TRAILS PROPOSED OR IN-PROGRESS

1) Lake Placid - Saranac Lake Recreational Path

      The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) proposed the rails-with-trails pathway project in 2001. In 2002 the NYS Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded $796,575 to the Town of North Elba as a portion of the cost for building a pathway beside the railroad tracks between Old Military Road in Lake Placid and the Scarface trail in Ray Brook. Stage 2 of the project, to continue the pathway on into Saranac Lake, received $1.4 million in DOT funding in 2007.

      Cost estimates indicate the total DOT funding will cover about 60 percent – or $2.25 million – of the projected $3.7 million cost to build a paved pathway 10 feet wide linking Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. The remainder of the cost will need to be raised through local fund-raising efforts, supplemented with grant funding when possible. ANCA is committed to assisting the Town of North Elba in collecting the necessary funds for linking the two communities with a pathway.

Click here  to read the 2001 Feasibility Study for the Lake Placid/Saranac Lake Rails with Trails project.

Click here  to read the 2007 Pathway Update.

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Through a grant from Bikes Belong Coalition, Ltd, ANCA completed the preliminary planning process for a ten-mile recreational path between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. That was a major step toward generating the information and community support vital to making it a reality. The Bikes Belong grant provided an opportunity to: Increase public awareness and involve anyone interested in planning and supporting the recreational path; Develop preliminary engineering specifications and a cost outline that will be useful for grant applications and fundraising; and, Establish local partnerships that will contribute to the construction of a better path and ensure its long-term maintenance and support. In addition, the grant has funded the creation of this Web site (www.bikeadirondacks.org), designed to serve as an informational resource both for this project and for bicycling throughout the Adirondack region.

2) TOBIE Path

FOR RELEASE: IMMEDIATE April 10, 2000
LT. GOVERNOR DONOHUE ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENT GRANTS FOR MOHAWK VALLEY

Thendara, Old Forge, Big Moose, Inlet & Eagle Bay (TOBIE) Path
$547,434
Town of Webb, Herkimer County

This project would develop a bicycle/pedestrian pathway to connect the communities along a 14-mile corridor from Thendara to Inlet. The pathway will utilize both on-road and off-road sections, including an abandoned spur line from the Remsen-Lake Placid Rail Corridor running from the Adirondack Scenic Railroad Station in Thendara toward Old Forge. Along this section, the project also involves the construction of a bridge over the Moose River where a railroad bridge once stood.

Funding for the project comes from the federal Transportation Enhancement Program. The project was selected as a result of a process that included priority rankings made by local officials and a statewide Transportation Enhancement Advisory Committee that included representatives from the NYS Association of Counties; the National Audubon Society; the Environmental Defense Fund; the NYS Board for Historic Preservation; the Empire State Development Corporation; the NYS Department of State; the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Additional project awards are expected to be announced in 2001.


3) Boonville Canal Trail

FOR RELEASE: IMMEDIATE April 10, 2000
LT. GOVERNOR DONOHUE ANNOUNCES COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENT GRANTS FOR MOHAWK VALLEY

Boonville Canal Trail
$236,670
Village of Boonville, Oneida County

This project would fund the construction of a non-motorized/bicycle trail along the Black River Canal, which will run south from the village entrance, connecting the village with three popular destinations: an existing multi-purpose recreation trail system, the Boonville Youth Athletic Association ball fields and the Headwaters Shopping Plaza. The proposed project also includes the acquisition and restoration of two historic transportation structures - an historic canal warehouse and a 19th Century Whipple Bridge, both of which will be a functional part of the canal trail.

Funding for the project comes from the federal Transportation Enhancement Program. The project was selected as a result of a process that included priority rankings made by local officials and a statewide Transportation Enhancement Advisory Committee that included representatives from the NYS Association of Counties; the National Audubon Society; the Environmental Defense Fund; the NYS Board for Historic Preservation; the Empire State Development Corporation; the NYS Department of State; the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Additional project awards are expected to be announced in 2001.

  

    

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