For Immediate Release: 11/28/17

ALBANY--The New York State Canal Corporation today announced it will hold a public information meeting in Ilion regarding a project to help complete the Erie Canalway Trail in Herkimer County.

The meeting, scheduled for Dec. 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Ilion Village Hall, will provide information about proposed trail construction that would begin near the intersection of Route 28 and Route 5 in German Flatts and run 1.9 miles to the Ilion village marina.

A 10-foot-wide asphalt paved path is proposed, along with signage, crosswalk and amenities for pedestrians such as picnic tables and benches

Canal Corporation representatives will be available to answer questions at the meeting, where graphic displays of the trail project will be available.

The Erie Canalway Trail, running from Albany to Buffalo, is more than 80 percent complete. It is expected to be completely finished by 2020 as part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Empire State Trail initiative, which would link the Erie Canalway Trail with the Hudson River Greenway, to form an unparalleled 750-mile trail network stretching from New York City to the Canadian border.

About the New York State Canal Corporation

New York’s canal system includes four historic canals: the Erie, Champlain, Oswego and Cayuga-Seneca. Spanning 524 miles, the waterway links the Hudson River with the Great Lakes, the Finger Lakes and Lake Champlain. The canals form the backbone of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor and connect hundreds of unique and historic communities. In 2017, New York is celebrating the bicentennial of the start of the Erie Canal’s construction.

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Steven Gosset
Media Relations
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