DOT plans to replace guardrails on stretch of road in Keene Valley
By Phil Brown
Motorists should expect slowdowns on Route 73 this summer while work crews replace guardrail on a 15-mile stretch of road.
The work will begin in June and conclude in the fall, according to the state Department of Transportation.
DOT is replacing self-oxidizing guardrails (brown in color) with galvanized steel ones, which are stronger. The state had installed brown ones in the Adirondack Park for aesthetic reasons: they blend in better with the woodsy surroundings.
Numerous guardrails are to be replaced along the highway between Keene Valley and the junction with Route 9 in North Hudson. Generally, the crews will work between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Motorists should expect lane closures on these days.
Last week, DOT installed steel stakes along Route 73 in Chapel Pond Pass to prevent people from parking along the road near the Roaring Brook Falls trailhead. DOT also blocked two pull-offs where rock climbers used to park to access cliffs in the pass. DOT’s actions, which were not publicized in advance, were roundly criticized in online forums, especially by climbers.
The guardrail crews have put up white survey flags and marked the road in front of Chapel Pond Slab, one of the Park’s most popular climbing venues. Climbers often park on the shoulder there. However, DOT says the project “is not expected to impact any existing parking locations for climbers at the Chapel Pond Slab.”