Late summer and fall brought two important steps forward for the Champlain Canalway Trail in its southern portion. In early summer, the Town of Halfmoon officially unveiled a new segment of the trail that extends the previously existing trail southward to the Waterford town line. This half-mile addition follows the towpath of the historic Champlain Canal and leaves just a little more than a mile in northern Halfmoon, linking it to Mechanicville, yet to be built.
Then in October, CHA Consulting presented to the public its recommendations for the last remaining segment of the CCT in Waterford that will connect the new trail section described above southward to Waterford’s existing trail. Just under a mile in length, this portion will be a combination of off-road and on-road trail and will pass over a now-closed landfill behind the Momentive plant on Rt. 4. Once CHA’s report is finalized, this trail will be “shovel-ready” and the search for construction funds will begin to complete the CCT in Waterford. Funding for this design work came from the Federal Scenic Byways Program via a grant obtained by Lakes to Locks Passage.