For Release: Monday, June 24, 2013
DEC to Move Forward With $3 Million NY Works-Funded Porous Pavement Project for Reconstructing Lake George Road and Parking Lot
Moving Boat Launch to Other Side of Lake George Beach Also Proposed
The New York State Department of Conservation plans to move forward with a $3 million project to reconstruct a section of Beach Road on State lands and the Lake George Beach parking with porous asphalt and other storm water management features to protect water quality, DEC Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. The project is funded by Governor Cuomo's New York Works initiative.
Under the plan, the current DEC boat launch would also be moved to the east side of DEC's Lake George Beach (aka Million Dollar Beach) as part of the two-year project. The project must be approved by the Adirondack Park Agency and the Lake George Park Commission.
"DEC is committed to protecting the water quality of Lake George and ensuring public access to its waters," said Commissioner Martens. "We want to join with Warren County to provide the best storm water management practices the full length of the mile-long stretch of road."
Beach Road is located on the south end of Lake George. In 2011, the Lake George Park Commission worked with Warren County so porous asphalt would be used when the county reconstructed the section of the road between Canada Street and Fort George Road. That work was substantially completed by Memorial Day Weekend.
DEC anticipates construction of the section of Beach Road beyond Fort George Road would begin this fall and be completed before Memorial Day 2014.
Porous asphalt is proposed to be used on most of the road. Regular asphalt will be used on turns and other highly stressed areas. Other storm water management features in the proposal include drainage collection piping and a dry swale for collection and treatment of any excess storm water runoff.
"For many visitors, the drive down Beach Road is their first look at our beautiful lake," said State Senator Betty Little. "As their gaze turns toward Lake George, they won't understand the environmental significance of this roadway and parking lot but that doesn't diminish its importance. It's a great joint project by DEC and the County DPW and I'm sure will serve as a model to follow for other communities around the state."
"Investment in outdoor recreational infrastructure is of critical importance to both our quality of life and our region's economy," said State Assemblyman Dan Stec. "I am pleased with today's announced investment and I look forward to working with the DEC to bring these and future improvements to our region's outdoor treasures."
"We are pleased that DEC will be joining the County in providing cutting edge stormwater management technology on Beach Road," said Kevin Geraghty, Chairman, Warren County Board of Supervisors. "Last week we learned how well the Beach Road project is working. DEC's contribution is a big plus for our efforts to protect the water quality of Lake George."
"Million Dollar Beach is the 'Crown Jewel' of beaches on Lake George," said Dennis Dickinson, Town of Lake George Supervisor. "Dedicate in the early 1950s, this revitalization project is most welcome."
"The Lake George beach is one of our greatest assets," said Robert Blais, Mayor of the Village of Lake George. "We applaud DEC for joining us in improving our water quality and enhancing all users' experiences."
"Stormwater runoff from the large developed complex and system of paved roadways at the southern end of Lake George has long been a concern for the water quality of Lake George," said Bruce Young, Chairman, Lake George Park Commission Board. "The environmentally sound repaving project when coupled with the West Brook Project will go a long way toward alleviating this source of pollution. LGPC is greatly indebted to DEC, the State of New York, local governments and environmental groups for making this possible."
"The Lake George Association is excited to hear the announcement of DEC's new plans for the Lake George Beach Parking lot reconfiguration that will also include a boat washing station location, Walt Lender, Executive Director, Lake George Association. Together with the West Brook Conservation Initiative and the recently completed Beach Road project, these projects will help to treat millions of gallons of stormwater each year and the washing station will add another line of defense in protecting the lake from invasive species."
The proposal calls for reconfiguring Beach Road to improve traffic flow and public safety within the facility.
Reconstruction of the parking lot and the boat launch could begin as early as the fall of 2014 and be completed before Memorial Day 2015. Use of porous asphalt and drainage collection piping will be maximized in the reconstruction of the parking lot.
DEC proposes to move the current boat launch to the east of the Lake George Beach House. The proposed design for the boat launch includes a site for a portable boat washing station.