Hikers urged to avoid Adirondack Rail Trail due to construction

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The Department of Environmental Conservation is urging hikers and other visitors to avoid the Adirondack Rail Trail.

There is ongoing construction to complete the first phase, which goes from the Lake Placid Depot to the Saranac Lake Depot, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Crews are working on the trail surface, parking areas, fencing and intersections even if the trail appears complete, said DEC.

There are alternatives to the trail near Lake Placid and Saranac Lake.