The Sara-Placid Highway is the nine-mile section of New York Route 86 between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid.
Malone Farmer, October 5, 1910
It is now announced that the Saranac Lake—Lake Placid improved road will not be constructed next year as heretofore contemplated by the state highway department, because it is a county road and the Essex county board of supervisors has decided to spend the money available next year along the Lake Champlain front instead of in the Western end of the county. This checks the plan of the village trustees and Good Roads Association of Saranac Lake to have Bloomingdale Avenue macadamized at state expense as a connecting link between state highways.
Lake Placid News, July 10, 1931
CONCRETE FOR THE SARANAC-PLACID ROAD
This newspaper is glad to add its voice in favor of a three-strip concrete highway between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake, when that broken-up road is finally rebuilt.
While officials have ruled for macadam highways within the confines of the Adirondack Park, it is believed in many quarters that concerted action on the part of the communities most affected may bring about a modification of the ruling so that what is undoubtedly the most-travelled piece of road in the Adirondacks may be constructed of concrete thirty feet wide.
Various Lake Placid and Saranac Lake civic bodies have passed resolutions favoring concrete for this road. Without doubt it will be built soon. Also without doubt it should be built of concrete, three strips wide.
The safety element on this highway, which during the height of the summer season is one mass of cars for about eighteen hours a day demands a wider-than-ordinary track. Motorists familiar with the three-strip road between Lake George and Glens falls or with the four-strip road running between New York and Albany know that both do much to lessen the number of accidents.
Enduring, smooth, safe concrete, thirty feet wide, along the ten-mile route between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake will be a needed boon to both villages, to this entire Adirondack section, and to the whole travelling public.
Let's get this road the way it ought to be!
Lake Placid News, September 2, 1932
NEW LAKE PLACID-SARANAC HIGHWAY MAY FOLLOW OLD DIRT RD.
At a meeting of Lee Irish, associate engineer of the Albany district of the state highway department with residents and officials of Lake Placid and Saranac Lake the proposed route for the new highway between the two villages was discussed.
The road will take the approximate course of the old dirt road leaving the present state highway a few hundred yards beyond Duprey's settlement of cabins and will extend back of Ray Brook sanatorium according to Willis Wells who attended the meeting. There was some discussion as to what approach the new highway would have into Saranac Lake. If rights of way are secured immediately and at reasonable cost the approach may follow Lake Flower avenue, coming out to the present highway near the N. V. A. sanatorium. The alternate would be the use of Pine street at the end of the old road. It is expected that a different roadbed will be made in the vicinity of the outlet here and upper portion of Saranac avenue.
James Shea accompanied Mr. Wells and Mr. Irish to Saranac Lake where they met with Wayne Timmerman, village manager, Lewis Graeves, village trustee, Ralph B. Leonard, president of the chamber of commerce, Andrew Callanan and Rodger Bouck, town board member.