Construction of a one-mile segment of the Erie Canalway Trail in the city of Little Falls will begin in September.
That is according to Mayor Robert Peters who said during Monday night’s meeting of the city’s Board of Public Works the trail between the end of the James W. Miller Miracle Mile and Half Bike Trail on West Shore Street and State Route 167 will link to existing Canalway Trail segments to create a more than 40-mile continuous trail from Little Falls to Amsterdam.
“Anything to draw people to the city of Little Falls is a good thing,” said Peters. “The trail is a resource for hikers, bikers and for those looking for family fun, and will hopefully prove to be beneficial for everyone. The trail will allow us to further showcase what the city has to offer.”
Features of this segment of the Canalway Trail, according to a New York State Canal Corporation press release, will include a 10-foot-wide asphalt trail, a small bridge and directional signage.
The project will be constructed with Canal Corporation funds in partnership with the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Herkimer County and the city of Little Falls.
“New York’s canal system contributes $380 million annually to the economy of upstate New York. That is why it’s important that we keep investing, because communities like Little Falls depend on the economic resource that is the canal system. It brings boaters into the community and it brings dollars into the community. It’s a tremendous resource,” Canal Corporation Director Brian Stratton said during a stop at Rotary Park on Friday as part of the statewide Cycling the Erie Canal tour.
The 400-mile tour and Stratton passed through Little Falls on the way to Albany.
Peters added the project received support from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Representative Richard Hanna, state Assemblyman Marc Butler and state Senator James Seward, among other officials. He added more than three-quarters of the 348-mile trail from Buffalo to Albany has been completed, and that the Little Falls project will close one of the remaining gaps.
In other business Monday night, it was announced a pre-construction meeting for the South Ann Street bridge project has been scheduled for Thursday at 11 a.m. in the mayor’s conference room at City Hall. Engineer David Weiss, of WSP SELLS, and representatives from project contractor New Century Construction will be in attendance during the meeting.
•The board members accepted WeCare Organics’ bid of $54 per wet ton for transportation, $45 per wet ton for beneficial refuse and $500 for a one-time trailer spotting fee for a five-year contract for biosolids transportation, stabilization and beneficial reuse services.
The contract allows for annual consumer price index adjustments and for a dump trailer to be left in the dewatering building at the city’s wastewater treatment plant at all times, and calls for the city to provide all required analysis for permitting and compliance.