For Immediate Release: 07/09/2015

Following Governor Andrew Cuomo's Capital for a Day events in the Rochester area, the New York State Canal Corporation today announced plans to reconstruct a 2200-foot section of the Genesee River flood wall from Corn Hill Landing to the Ford Street bridge in Rochester and add safety ladders to the canal wall in Fairport.

"These projects were conceived and developed in conjunction with local officials, and reflect the concerns of local residents as well as our focus on maintaining a safe and reliable canal system for all," said Canal Corporation Director Brian U. Stratton. "The Erie Canal is an historic treasure, an extraordinary recreational resource and a vital part of New York's economy."

In Rochester, the city and the Canal Corporation, at the direction of Governor Cuomo, will collaborate on reconstructing the west river wall south of Corn Hill Landing. The existing wall has significantly deteriorated and obscures views of the Genesee River. The condition of the wall has also led to an increase in flood insurance premiums for area residents and businesses.

The City of Rochester will fund the design work for the project, and the estimated $4.2 million construction cost will be incorporated into the Canal Corporation's Capital Program.

In Fairport, where the mayor has expressed concerns about the safety of residents and visitors who may accidentally fall into the canal, the Canal Corporation will complete a $150,000 project to install eight safety ladders along the canal wall.

About the New York State Canal Corporation

The New York State Canal System is comprised of four historic waterways, the Erie, the Champlain, the Oswego and the Cayuga-Seneca Canals. Spanning 524 miles, the waterways link the Hudson River, Lake Champlain, Lake Ontario, the Finger Lakes, Niagara River and Lake Erie with communities rich in history and culture. For more information about the New York State Canal System, vacation opportunities and events call 1-800-4CANAL4 or visit

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Shane Mahar
Office of Media Relations and Communications
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