LAKE GEORGE — The Lake George Gateway project is complete, but Supervisor Dennis Dickinson is expressing concern about the durability of a fence.
The roughly $7 million state Department of Transportation project reconstructed a nearly mile-long section of road east of Route 9, from the intersection of Route 9L off the Northway to the intersection with Westbrook Road. The work includes new drainage systems, paving, crosswalks, landscaping and lighting.
Construction on the project began in April 2016. Town officials recently completed a walk-through of the project with Transportation Department staff as part of the close-out process.
Dickinson said he wants a couple of issues resolved before the state turns that section of road over to the town. One is a broken section of sidewalk that was torn up when National Grid broke a gas line. He said the town’s engineer is going to reach out to National Grid get the sidewalk fixed.
The other issue is the fence. He said the first fence that was put up near the Route 9L intersection did not hold.
“They plowed. They knocked the thing right down,” he said.
He believes a sturdier fence is needed if it is going to survive the winter.
“I don’t want the town to be obligated to replace it. What they really need is a wrought-iron fence and they’re refusing to do it,” he said.
Transportation Department spokesman Bryan Viggiani said in an email that the department recently replaced the original fence with a sturdier commercial fence that should hold up well against the elements.
Also as part of the project, a park-and-ride was built along Route 9L near the intersection.
Town officials are working on putting a veterans memorial in the grassy area near the park-and-ride.
Local veteran Dennis Galloway advocated for the construction of a monument to honor veterans from the Lake George area. The town has put $32,500 in the budget for the project and is working with sculptor Cliff Gates.