A $1.2 million grant awarded to the Adirondack North Country Association will go toward completing a long-anticipated recreational path from Lake Placid to Saranac Lake within New York State's Department of Transportation's rail corridor.
The Federal Highway Administration grant is awarded to ANCA through the New York Department of Transportation for projects under the National Scenic Byways Program. ANCA worked with Essex County Office of Community Resources, Holmes & Associates, and the Town of North Elba to submit the grant application.
The grant will be used for the first phase of the Olympic Byway Recreational Path project: An 8-to-10-foot-wide multi-use path to be built along existing rail tracks connecting the Village of Lake Placid with the hamlet of Ray Brook. Once complete, it will allow access for outdoor enthusiasts - including hikers, bikers, runners, cross-country skiers and snowmobilers - throughout four seasons.
"The Olympic Byway Lake Placid Recreation Path project represents the culmination of a vision for alternative, multi-modal transportation facilities in the Lake Placid-Saranac Lake area that has been proposed in a number of regional transportation plans. With permits in hand and considerable community support, the Town of North Elba is committed to managing this important project," North Elba Supervisor Robert Politi said.