Friday, December 20, 2019

DEC wins case for bridge over Cedar River

DEC wins case for bridge over Cedar River
On Thursday, December 19, the Adirondack Park Local Government Review Board issued a press release where in it applauded DEC's successful legal defense of its plan to construct a replacement bridge over the Cedar River
The press release stated: “The Review Board is delighted with DEC's defense of its well-vetted plan to construct a bridge over the Cedar River against environmental groups' legal arguments that the bridge would violate state law. The plan to replace a historic washed-out bridge over the Cedar was approved after an extensive public comment process, that allowed all interested parties an opportunity to have input.”
The Cedar River Bridge will provide a critical link in a multi-use trail connecting Indian Lake with Minerva, Newcomb, Long Lake and North Hudson. The four-season trail will provide hikers, bikers, equestrians, cross country skiers, snowshoers and snowmobilers with access to the Essex Chain lands and connecting trails in the central Adirondacks. The activities of those users are expected to provide economic benefits to the towns, and the businesses in the towns, as they provide good and services to the users.
Review Board executive director Jerry Delaney said: "We applaud DEC for defending its plans for the replacement of the Cedar River Bridge and for its recognition that all the people of New York State have a right to recreate in the Adirondacks."
The Review Board was created in 1973 by New York State Executive Law Section 803-a to monitor, advise and assist the Adirondack Park Agency and to report to the governor and legislature.

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