WILMINGTON, N.Y. --- The Whiteface Mountain Veterans Memorial Highway will open for the season, this Saturday, May 17.
Completed in 1935 and dedicated to Veterans of all wars, the Highway is a major north country attraction. More than 70,000 people travel it each year, between mid-May and mid-October. Once at the summit, guests can enjoy unparalleled views of the Adirondack high peaks and beyond.
In Nov. 2013, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $12-million in state funding to repair the Highway which takes cyclists, hikers and motorists to the summit of the state’s fifth highest peak, and work is currently underway to repair the scenic 8-mile road.
Over the next two years, work is being done to reconstruct and rehabilitate the driving surface to make for a smoother ride and culverts will be repaired or replaced to improve drainage. The project will also involve the restoration of many of the Highway's historic elements, while also fixing the rock walls and re-setting the quarry stone barrier stones along the road.
Beginning this week and continuing through June 30, the Highway will be open Saturdays and Sundays, between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The Highway will also be open Monday, May 26, from 9-5:30 p.m.
From July 1 and continuing through Sept. 1, the Highway will be open seven days a week, between 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., before resuming back to Saturday and Sunday operations, Sept. 6-Oct. 5, between 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
The cost to visit the Whiteface Mountain Veterans’ Memorial Highway is $10 for vehicle and driver, and $7 for each additional passenger. Cyclists can summit the Highway for just $6.