Route 73 south of Keene Valley and the Dix Mountain Areas were reopened today ahead of schedule.
“Route 73 is a vital highway connecting residents and businesses in the North Country and today’s reopening is an important step in our recovery from Hurricane Irene,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said.
Cuomo initially pledged that one lane of the road would be reopened September 15 and both lanes by September 25. Instead, both lanes were reopened today.
Cuomo’s office said workers logged about 2,700 hours and used about 150,000 tons of stone to fix the road. Click here to read the governor’s news release.
Meanwhile, the state Department of Environmental Conservation reopened the Dix Mountain Wilderness, including the trailheads along Route 73. However, the main trailhead at the Adirondack Mountain Reserve remains closed. Judging by the following quote, we assume this refers to the Lake Road.
“DEC staff will be working this week to clear blowdown from the loop trail to Bear Den Mountain, Dial Mountain and Nippletop and assess the trails from Adirondack Mountain Reserve that access the Range trail,” DEC spokesman David Winchell said in an e-mail.
DEC closed the eastern High Peaks, Giant Wilderness, and Dix Wilderness in the wake of Irene. It reopened the eastern High Peaks and many trails in the Giant Wilderness last week.
Click the link below to read DEC’s news release on the latest development (PDF file).