Major Construction Begins on Saranac Lake to Santa Clara Adirondack Rail Trail

Work on the second phase of the Adirondack Rail Trail between Saranac Lake and Santa Clara is getting underway, and so, the NYSDEC is is asking hikers & bikers to stay off about 24 miles of the 34-mile-long trail between Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Santa Clara as that construction gets going his summer. Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos says a contractor from Troy, New York has been awarded the nearly 9-million-dollar contract to build the next leg of the rail trail west of Saranac Lake. Meantime, work is still continuing on the first phase of the trail, a 9-mile stretch between the Lake Placid train station, and Saranac Lake. That portion of the trail is expected to be completed by this fall. Phase 3 of construction from Santa Clara to the Tupper Lake train station is expected to start in the fall 2024 and be completed in the fall of 2025.