Adirondack Region, N.Y. -Tropical Storm Irene caused considerable damage up and down the East Coast. Many inland communities close to rivers and in valleys were caught in the line of Irene's fury. Besides a few unfortunate communities, trails and campgrounds, most areas in the Adirondack Park are unscathed and open for business, providing an ideal driving destination to get away to for Labor Day weekend. If traveling to Lake Placid or Saranac Lake, a short re-route though Elizabethtown adds approximately 15 minutes to northbound traffic from I-87, rerouting travelers around Keene. A complete list of up-to-date road closures is available at: http://www.co.essex.ny.us/. "Labor Day travelers and early leaf-peepers looking to get away for rest and relaxation in the Adirondacks do not need to cancel their vacation plans," Adirondack Regional Tourism Council Director Ron Ofner, states. "Most Adirondack attractions are open, and special events and activities are continuing as scheduled." Interstate I-87 , known as "The Northway," is open to north and southbound traffic. Visitors from the south traveling to Keene or Lake Placid can get off of the Northway at Exit 31, and access these towns via a detour through Elizabethtown. The detour adds approximately 15 minutes to the average drive. Of note, several backcountry hiking trails and campsites in the Eastern High Peaks Wilderness Region are closed for the Labor Day Weekend and beyond. Log on to DEC.NY.Gov for updated trail conditions and closures. For alternate travel routes and information log onto: http://www.511ny.org/ or www.NYSDOT.gov/travel. For more information on the Adirondack Region, log onto visitadirondacks.com.
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