Even the most perfect place needs a little TLC

Lake Placid is undergoing a reconstruction initiative for its Main Street infrastructure. The goals of this project will be to upgrade our business district so that it will be sustainable for residents and travelers to enjoy for years to come. Main Street’s unique setting on the edge of Mirror Lake with shops, restaurants, and parks has experienced a tremendous amount of growth since it’s first conception in the 1800s and now it’s time for us to catch up! 

In addition, many of the Lake Placid Olympic Venues are undergoing renovations and improvements. The project is designed to prepare the sites for hosting the 2023 World University Games, to add new unique experiences for both residents and visitors, and to continue the Olympic legacy to be enjoyed by generations to come.

Main Street improvement updates

Beginning April 11, 2022, construction will once again resume. A detour will be in place, as Main Street will be only be open to one-way traffic. Main Street will be one-way going north starting at the intersection of Routes 73 and 86 at the south end to the intersection of Route 86 (Saranac Avenue) and Hillcrest Avenue at the north end. Southbound traffic will be redirected to Old Military Road. Parkside Drive will become a one-way going south from the Post Office to Route 73. Southbound traffic coming from Hillcrest will have to turn left onto Main Street and then right onto Parkside. The speed limit on Parkside will be reduced to 15 mph.

The temporary traffic lights at the intersection of Olympic Drive and Main Street, and the intersection of Wesvalley and Route 86 (Saranac Ave) is currently operational.

Beginning the morning of April 4, the Cummings Road traffic pattern will return to one-way traffic. This will allow for Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) contractors to resume exterior construction at the Olympic Center. At Cummings Road and Main St., traffic must exit/turn left in accordance with the Main St. traffic patterns from April 11 - June 24 (anticipated). Milestones are set to return Cummings Road to two-way traffic at the end of summer.

Major construction will pause from July 1 to the end of August. The one-ways on Main Street and Parkside will be lifted. When construction picks back up, it is anticipated that work at the south end of Main Street will be completed. In this case, the detour will once again begin at the public parking lot across from the Post Office, and Parkside Drive will remain a two-way. Main Street will become a one-way again until the end of the season.

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The Placid Xprss will continue to operate on its regular schedule.

Benefits of perfecting Main Street

  • Create a more accessible Main Street that is inviting to everyone.
  • Enhance safety for drivers and pedestrians.
  • Preserve Mirror Lake for years to come by mitigating pollution.
  • Redesign infrastructure to meet the needs of businesses and residents.
  • Improve the visual appeal of Main Street to encourage return visits.

… all while maintaining Lake Placid’s friendly personality and unique character! After a day of outdoor activities, stroll Main Street and embrace the relaxing vibe while enjoying all the quaintness of downtown Lake Placid.

Upgrades at the Lake Placid Olympic Sites

This year, extensive renovations will be done to modernize and improve the Lake Placid Olympic Sites. The following sites are currently under renovation:

  • The elevator at the Whiteface Veteran’s Memorial Highway (site closed for the season) - While the elevator may be under construction, visitors can still access the castle to soak in the spectacular 360-degree view via the footpath. (will re-open Memorial Day weekend of 2022)
  • The Olympic Museum (alternative location) - The Olympic Museum is under construction, however, you can experience the “Totally 80 – 80 Objects from the Lake Placid Olympic Museum” Exhibit Gallery presented by the Lake Placid Olympic Museum is available on the 2nd floor of the Conference Center. It is free and open to the public 7 days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

While some of these sites may be closed, there are still a wide variety of unique Olympic experiences available to help round off your perfect Lake Placid getaway. Check out the Lake Placid Olympic Sites calendar for the latest operating schedule and offering at the venues.

 


 

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For more information, please visit the village of Lake Placid's website or call the Lake Placid Visitors Bureau at 518-523-2445. 

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