New bridge for snowmobilers
An unsafe snowmobile bridge in the Perkins Clearing area of the southern Adirondacks in the town of Lake Pleasant has been replaced for the upcoming snowmobile season, the state Department of Environmental Conservation announced Friday.
The new bridge over Mossy Vly is on the Carpenter Hill Trail and replaces an old and deteriorated bridge that has been closed for the last four years, officials said. The trail is considered an important regional snowmobile connection, linking Mud Lake Road and the Jessup River Road in a remote part of Hamilton County.
"Replacing the bridge assures the safety and enjoyment of the many snowmobilers that use the extensive snowmobile trail network in Hamilton County," said Mike Lenane, a DEC deputy commissioner. "Snowmobiling is a very important component of Adirondack winter economy."
The trail is on privately owned conservation easement lands in the Perkins Clearing area north of Speculator. Historically, the bridge has been used as a bypass route around winter logging activities on the property. Replacing the bridge eliminates the need for hazardous ice crossings by snowmobilers who could no longer use the old bridge.
"The town's backwoods trail system is a vital piece of the local economy," said Lake Pleasant town Supervisor Neil McGovern.
The new bridge is 60 feet long and 12 feet wide and is bigger and sturdier than the old bridge. It was built by DEC staff with steel stringers set on abutments of timber cribbing. DEC officials said they expedited the replacement work to get it done prior to this winter's snowmobile season.
The project was paid for from Environmental Protection Fund money, but the cost was unavailable.