The New York State Department of Transportation, state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Adirondack Park Agency have announced that a series of public information meetings as DOT kicks off the Route 3 Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan (TCUMP).
The purpose of the meetings is to receive public input regarding the planning process and the vision for possible outcomes of this effort. The meetings will include a 20- to 30-minute overview, followed by an opportunity to discuss and provide comments.
Planning team members will be available following the program to discuss issues on an individual basis.
In St. Lawrence County, a meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 31 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at SUNY-ESF Ranger School, NYS Hwy. 3, Wanakena.
Other meetings are planned in Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake and Saranac.
State highways in the Adirondack Park are the primary travel routes, while also serving as community main streets, utility corridors, gateways and interfaces with the park’s significant natural resources.
A park-like experience, convenient access to park resources, connections with local communities and regional economies, and social needs like utilities and emergency services, are all tied to the transportation network, DOT officials note. Having a greater understanding of the relationships that exist, and the needs to be addressed, can lead to greater opportunities to shape decisions and future actions along these travel corridors, and will promote a transportation system that supports this national treasure, officials say.
The TCUMP is a multi-agency plan that will help shape future transportation policy along Route 3 through the Adirondacks. With significant input from the communities along this corridor and other interested parties, the TCUMP will help the Department gain a better understanding of the needs of the overall corridor and undertake short- and long-term planning to achieve the goals necessary to fulfilling those needs.
State Route 3 extends 106 miles through the Adirondack Park in St. Lawrence, Franklin, Essex and Clinton counties. Maps of the Route 3 Travel Corridor will be available to facilitate discussion. Written comments may also be submitted after the meeting.
All public information meeting locations are handicapped accessible.
Open house attendees requiring a sign language interpreter, assistive listening system or other accommodations should contact Greg Grimshaw at) 785-2335.