Work on the Erie Canalway trail that will connect Newark and Lyons along the historic waterway is coming along on schedule, said Dan Pullen, deputy superintendent of highways for Arcadia.

Work on the Erie Canalway trail that will connect Newark and Lyons along the historic waterway is coming along on schedule, said Dan Pullen, deputy superintendent of highways for Arcadia.

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. Pullen said this part of trail construction was the most difficult due to the dense brush and rather large trees that had to be removed.

The town of Lyons has provided equipment to help clear the brush, Bob Hutteman, project engineer, said. Lyons officials have also agreed to work on the benches and kiosk at Lock 28.

The state Canal Corporation came in with a barge to remove the trees and brush using a large crane. The brush was then taken to Lyons where crews could dispose of it.

Once brush was completely removed, the crew began boxing out the 10-foot wide trail path and put down stone dust. Silt fencing was also put down along the trail to prevent erosion.

What’s next
With the completion of the trail to County House Road, Pullen said they will head towards Lyons, as well as work on the small section near Clinton Street. The trail runs along the roadway from Clinton Street to Zurich Road and crews will blacktop and clearly mark the roadside trail next year.

It’s expected crews will reach the dry docks in Lyons by the end of summer, Hutteman said, and no problems are anticipated.