For Immediate Release: 07/02/2015

Monday, July 6
2:00 p.m.

Erie Canalway Trail Head
Intersection of Canal and Luquer Streets
Rome, New York

Canal Corporation Director Brian U. Stratton
Mayor of Rome Joseph Fusco, Jr
Managing Partner and CEO Our Ability John Robinson

The Canal Corporation will join the City of Rome and Our Ability in opening two and a half newly constructed miles of the Erie Canalway Trail. The opening coincides with Our Ability's third annual 'Journey along the Erie Canal.'

The $1.75 million project, funded by the Rebuild and Renew New York Transportation Bond, approved by voters in 2005, consisted of building two sections of a new 10-foot wide asphalt trail, drainage installation, and new directional and informational signs.

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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