Aerial sur­vey planned as Adiron­dack rail trail pro­gresses

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES -

A he­li­copter will be fly­ing low over train tracks be­tween Lake Placid and Tupper Lake as plans to con­vert the rails to a 34-mile multi-use trail move for­ward.

The De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion says Tues­day’s flight will video­tape the cor­ri­dor and its his­toric fea­tures prior to re­mov­ing the rails and ties. The DEC says more sur­vey flights us­ing a light de­tec­tion sys­tem known as LIDAR will fol­low af­ter all the leaves have fallen.

Gov. An­drew Cuomo an­nounced the final plan for use of the 119-mile travel cor­ri­dor from Utica (YOO’tih-kuh) to Lake Placid in May. The state will spend $15 mil­lion to up­grade tracks be­tween Big Moose and Tupper Lake, and $8 mil­lion to build a trail from there to Lake Placid.

Rail re­moval and trail con­struc­tion are planned in 2017.

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