|
|
|
Wayne Post
  • Canal trail construction ahead of schedule

  • The Erie Canalway trail that will connect Newark and Lyons along the historic waterway is making “fantastic progress,” said Arcadia Highway Superintendent Dave Harder.

    • email print
  • The Erie Canalway trail that will connect Newark and Lyons along the historic waterway is making “fantastic progress,” said Arcadia Highway Superintendent Dave Harder.
    Despite concerns over the tight time restraints to complete the project to meet the grant requirements, the project is ahead of schedule.
    Work on the trail is done for the year and Harder was pleased to report that crews are ahead of schedule. All the blacktop has been put down, including approaches. The trail begins near Clinton Street in the village of Newark to continue east from Palmyra to Lyons. Harder said along the trails they have been topsoiled, mulched and seeded. The frames for the kiosk have also been built and erected at Clinton Street, near the Dry Docks in Lyons and at County House Road. The informational portions of the kiosks will be installed over the winter months.
    “If all continues to go well, we could knock this project off next year ahead of schedule,” Harder told the board.
    The project began around the middle of May as Arcadia Town Highway crews began on Old Lyons Road near Zurich Road clearing trees and heavy brush along the canal to County House Road.
    The town of Lyons provided equipment to help clear the brush and Lyons officials agreed to work on the benches and kiosk at Lock 28. The state Canal Corporation brought a barge with a crane in to help remove the trees and brush. Next, crews boxed off the 10-foot wide trail path and put down stone dust. Silt fencing was also put down along the trail to prevent erosion.
    The trail running along the roadway from Clinton Street to Zurich Road will be blacktopped and clearly marked.
    The trail through Wayne County beginning in Macedon, started back in 1988 when Mark DeCracker presented a proposal to Sen. Patrick Moynihan. By the late 1990s, trails began to be built in different sections across the state. Locally, the trail was first installed from Fairport to Palmyra, then Palmyra to Newark — but they ended there at the East Avenue bridge. Maps along the canal trail show the trail continues, but the project was never completed when grant funding fell through. In 2008, Arcadia Supervisor Dick Colacino said the town was notified grant money was again available for the project. With help from state Canal Corporation Director Brian Stratton, Colacino was able to jump start the stalled process in applying for the appropriate permits and officials broke ground this past spring.
    The trail is not yet officially open, Colacino said.

        calendar