Cuomo Gives Go-Ahead to Adirondack Rail and Trail Plan

ALBANY (AP) -
Dick Beamish, a member of the Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates, stands in 2013 on deteriorating railroad tracks on a causeway across Lake Clear in Saranac Lake, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mary Esch, File)
Dick Beamish, a member of the Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates, stands in 2013 on deteriorating railroad tracks on a causeway across Lake Clear in Saranac Lake, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mary Esch, File)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday approved a $23 million plan to convert 34 miles of a state-owned rail corridor to a multi-use trail and renovate 45 miles of tracks to extend the route of the Utica-based Adirondack Scenic Railroad to Tupper Lake.

The work will begin this fall and be completed within three years, the governor said. The state Olympic Regional Development Authority will have a hand in managing the broad, flat trail that will be used for bicycling, walking, skiing and snowmobiling.

Rail supporters, who lobbied to have the rails upgraded all the way to Lake Placid, vowed to fight the plan.