State approves construction of Erie Canalway Trail section from Ilion to Mohawk


ILION, N.Y. – New York State has approved construction of a new 1.9-mile section of the Erie Canalway Trail between Ilion and Mohawk in Herkimer County.

The project was approved by the New York Power Authority and New York State Canal Corporation during a board meeting this past week.

State officials say this will help close the 20-mile gap in the Mohawk Valley section of the Empire State Trail.

"Expanding the Erie Canalway Trail in the Mohawk Valley region is essential for New Yorkers as we continue to navigate this novel pandemic,” said Brian U. Stratton, director of the Canal Corporation. “New Yorkers need safe and social-distance friendly locations for recreation and fitness and the Erie Canalway Trail provides an alternative to the gym and can be a great outdoor adventure for the family."

The project will include a pedestrian bridge over Fulmer Creek.

Other trail projects are already underway in the area, including a section from Lock E-18 to Route 167, a section from Frankfort to Ilion, and a section from Utica to Dyke Road.

Construction on all four trails is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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