The New York State Canal Corporation announced in April the start of construction of two and a half miles of new Erie Canalway Trail in the City of Rome. The project consists of two segments. The eastern segment extends approximately two miles from the existing trailhead in Stanwix to South James Street. The new trail will parallel Route 69 and Martin Street, cross over the Mill Street Bridge, and then pass through Bellamy Harbor and along the north shore of the Erie Canal to South James Street. The western segment extends the existing trail from Fort Bull Road approximately one half mile to the Erie Canal Village, where it will link to an existing tail along Route 46.
Work includes the construction of a new 10-foot wide asphalt trail and railings, drainage work, and the installation of new directional and informational signs. The segments will remain closed while under construction and the public is asked to refrain from using them until the project is completed in late 2014.
This $1.75 million project is funded under the Rebuild and Renew New York Transportation Bond Act that was approved by New York voters in 2005. Slate Hill Constructors, Inc., from Warners, New York is the contractor.