GLENS FALLS — Those who use the Warren County Bikeway should expect portions of the path in Glens Falls to be closed for several weeks later this year because of utility work along the trail.
National Grid plans to run a 12-inch natural gas line along a several-block section of the county bikeway, which would close parts of the path for construction later this year. It is part of a project that will run a new gas line from Mohican Street to Lexington Avenue to expand capacity and improve gas service in the area, said Nathan Stone, a spokesman for National Grid.
A portion of the new line, from Cooper Street to Lexington, will be buried along the county-owned bike path.
“It’s a major project,” said Tim Benway, the county’s director of parks and recreation. “Portions of the bike path will be closed for six to eight weeks.”
Detours will be set up as the work progresses, Benway said.
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After discussion about the impact, the Warren County Board of Supervisors opted to allow the utility company to proceed with the work.
National Grid was awaiting the city of Glens Falls’ review of the project as of late last week, and a timetable for the work was unclear. In all, the entire project is expected to take 10 to 12 weeks.
Some supervisors questioned whether the county could oppose the project.
But Kevin Hajos, the county’s assistant public works superintendent, pointed out that National Grid has for decades allowed a portion of the bike path in Queensbury to cross property it owns. And Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty, the county’s acting administrator, pointed out that the utility has a history of working with area snowmobile clubs as well.