News: File under - Trails aren't so easy to build sometimes | Adirondack town struggles with issues surrounding trail project

The Town of North Elba, in the Adirondack Park of New York is learning that coming up with the idea of a multi-use recreational trail is the easy part.  The devil though (unfortunately) is often in the details as the detailed planning and engineering work gets started.

The proposed recreational trail would connect the villages of Lake Placid and Saranac Lake by following railroad tracks that currently run between the two communities.  The first phase of the work would bring the trail from Lake Placid to the community of Ray Brook.  Phase Two of the project would go from Ray Brook to Saranac Lake.

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise is reporting that problems have arisen in regards to federal wetland jurisdiction.  If individual site specific wetland permits were required, significant additional work and expense would be require that wasn't planned for in the beginning of the project.

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