ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Field work is starting for a 34-mile-long rail-trail in the Adirondacks from Tupper Lake to Lake Placid.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation says personnel involved in the final design and construction of the multi-use trail will be working in the corridor starting Monday.

Work such as engineering surveys, wetland mapping and property boundary surveys is expected to go on for two months.

After many years of contentious debate over the future of the 119-mile railroad corridor from Utica to Lake Placid, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a compromise plan in May 2016. It involves upgrading 45 miles of tracks to Tupper Lake and removing tracks from there to Lake Placid.

The planned trail would be open year-round for biking, hiking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and other recreation.

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