New Cell Towers for Adirondacks I-87 ‘Dead Zone’

NEW YORK (AP) -

Verizon Wireless says cellphone towers have filled most of the former 80-mile coverage gap along the Adirondack Northway between Albany and Montreal, and it plans to fill the remaining 15-mile space with three more next year.

The wireless carrier says it has built and activated 11 new sites by Interstate-87 since 2008 along a stretch of superhighway in the Adirondack Mountains running from about the north end of Lake George to Keeseville.

The Adirondack Park Agency, which regulates development in the 6-million-acre park, says it has approved 81 tower projects over the last four years.

In January 2007, Reb Efraim Langner, z”l, was niftar on the way back from a wedding in Monreal after his car slid off the road along the remote stretch of highway and he died trying to escape the stuck vehicle, unable to call for help.