The Canal Corporation Funded Project Will Help Close a Critical Gap in the Erie Canalway Trail in Western New York
Trail enthusiasts will soon be able to enjoy a new segment of the Erie Canalway Trail in Western New York as work nears completion on a four mile trail from Stevens Street in the City of Lockport to Fisk Road in Pendleton. The project includes a new 180-foot pedestrian bridge crossing Tonawanda Creek, eliminating the need for bicyclists and pedestrians to use the existing New Road bridge to cross Tonawanda Creek. A signed on-street link from Stevens Street to Erie Canal Locks 34 and 35 in Lockport is also being installed.
The new 10-foot wide asphalt trail meanders along partially wooded spoil piles that were created when the Barge Canal was excavated in the early 20th century. Parking with trail access has been constructed at State Street in Lockport and several informational kiosks are also being installed along the trail. The $4 million project is being constructed for the Canal Corporation by Keeler Construction of Albion, New York.
The project will help close a major gap in the Erie Canalway Trail in Western New York and establish a continuous 130-mile trail route from Buffalo to Lyons in Wayne County. The segment is part of the statewide, multi-use, Erie Canalway Trail linking the Hudson River and Lake Erie. More than three-quarters of the 360-mile Erie Canalway Trail from Buffalo to Albany is now complete.