New cell tower activated along Adirondack highway

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Verizon Wireless has activated the first of a dozen planned cell phone towers along the Adirondack Northway to fill a nearly 50-mile service gap along a remote stretch of the highway that connects Albany and Montreal.

Verizon says the North Hudson site will provide coverage along approximately six miles of Interstate-87 near Exit 29. It has three other cell sites in Lewis, Schroon Falls and Warrensburg under construction, saying they should start operating this year.

A Brooklyn man crashed and froze to death in January 2007 along the highway in the so-called "dark zone" in North Hudson, unable to call for help.

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