Developers update the public on new developments in the Erie Canalway Trail project

Developers outlined changes to sections of the Erie Canalway Trail at a public meeting on Tuesday.

Posted: Jun. 12, 2018 11:20 PM
Updated: Jun. 12, 2018 11:28 PM

FRANKFORT -- Developers outlined changes to sections of the Erie Canalway Trail at a public meeting on Tuesday.

The meeting took place at the Frankfort Town Hall. 

The initial proposed project included an off-road trail. Developers say there were challenges with having the trail off-road, so sections of the trail in Herkimer and Oneida County will instead be on-road.

The new canalway proposal includes plans to create a bike lane that begins at Dyke Road in the Town of Schuyler and ends at Acme Road in the Town of Frankfort.

Developers say the original plan was too expensive, and that it would require the building of bridges and maneuvering around railroads.

Having portions of the trail on-road would keep the project within the budget and time frame that developers have to complete the trail.

Brian Hoffmann, Regional Design Engineer for the New York State Department of Transportation, says the biggest challenge is making sure the trail is safe.

"There are more challenges for bicyclists using an on-road segment, so we're just making sure that there are features incorporated in the project that are going to ensure that those who feel comfortable using an on-road segment, are going to be safe doing so," Hoffmann said.

Developers say they will upgrade pavement markings and install new signs to designate the route for the trail. Hoffmann says he doesn't expect any major disruptions to the public during construction.

The budget for the canalway is $1,000,000. Construction is expected to begin in 2019 and last until 2020.

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