The New York State Canal Corporation Board of Directors has approved funding for construction projects that will move the Erie and Champlain canal trails closer to completion.
The projects are both now part of the Empire State Trail initiative, which, at 750 miles, will be the nation’s largest state network of multi-use trails. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. Although some routing questions remain.
The Erie Canalway Trail project is a 2.2-mile segment in Little Falls, running from Erie Canal Lock E-18 to Route 167. It will be the final link in a 7.6-mile trail segment built in Herkimer County between Little Falls and Mohawk.
The $2.07 million project, which was awarded to Tioga Construction of Herkimer following a competitive bidding process, is expected to be completed in October 2020.
The board also approved a $2.4 million project on the Champlain Canal Trailway in Washington County. The 1.2-mile segment will link the terminus of the Glens Falls Feeder Connector Trail in Fort Edward to New Swamp Road in Kingsbury.
The low bidder was James H. Maloy Inc. of Loudonville. The project is expected to be completed in September 2020. It follows trail construction now underway to link New Swamp Road with Champlain Canal Lock C-9 and an already-existing stretch of trail north of Baldwin Corners Road in Fort Ann.
The trail projects complement the Reimagine the Canals initiative announced last week by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, the goals of which include identifying new sources of recreation and tourism on the canal corridor.
Map of proposed Empire State Trail.