For Immediate Release: 2/07/18

ALBANY--The New York State Canal Corporation today announced that a public information meeting will be held to discuss a proposed construction project for the Erie Canalway Trail in Little Falls.

The meeting will held Feb. 13 at the Little Falls Municipal Offices, 478 Flint Avenue Extension, from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

The Canal Corporation is updating design studies for the construction of a shared-use path from Little Falls at the State Route 167 trailhead to Erie Canal Lock E-18. A 10-foot-wide asphalt paved path is proposed, along with signage, crosswalk and amenities for pedestrians such as picnic tables and benches.

The proposed project is 2.1 miles long and generally is located on the former West Shore Railroad property. This project is a segment of the overall Canalway Trail project from Little Falls to Ilion previously developed in 2005.

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

The meeting is intended to obtain comments on the project from individuals, groups, officials and local agencies regarding its social, economic and environmental effects. Canal Corporation representatives will be available to answer questions and will have graphic displays of the trail project available.

Further information may be obtained from the project engineer, Richard P. Karis, Jr. at or by telephone at (518) 449-6067.

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 2018, 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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