With the first day of classes just around the corner, transportation officials are asking school kids and other pedestrians to stay off the overpass above LaPan Highway.
Rob Haynes with the state Department of Transportation says the footbridge is closed until further notice due to structural damage.
Saranac Lake Village Manager John Sweeney says it will be at least three weeks until transportation engineers can perform a load test. He adds that DOT inspectors are busy with post-flooding work.
“We’ll know when it can be opened again once that load test is complete,” Sweeney said.
Saranac Lake Police Chief Bruce Nason says pedestrians will have to use crosswalks – and he adds that parents should drop their children off in front of the main entrance to the Petrova Middle School, not on LaPan Highway.
“It is not safe to drop students off on LaPan Highway and it is in violation of New York State Law,” Nason said.
Nason also took the opportunity to remind motorists that school is getting under way soon.
“Please be aware of increased student foot traffic,” he said.
Nason says local law enforcement will be stepping up enforcement and patrol as classes get started.