Author Topic: Erie Canal Trail Closed for Tree Removal in Pittsford & Brockport  (Read 76 times)

Doug K

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This out from the NYS Canal Corporation, on their Facebook Page, just more proof that the new owners of the Canal System take PUBLIC SAFETY very seriously in western NY State.



And another indication that INVASIVE VEGETATION has no place along the Erie Canal, it's raised embankments & Empire Trail System. Overgrown trees, as well as those that are dying or dead, are a danger to all who use the Canal System, including those who walk along the waterway, and those who live below these unsound earthen dams.

It is nice to see that the State of NY has finally continued it's pursuit for improved Erie Canal Integrity... even if some continue to deny the need for this critical safety work.


https://www.nyscanalintegrity.org/

The ECNA will try to get to each of these embankment worksites to send along pictures if possible, but as the Notice to Trail Users states... the Erie Canal Trail is CLOSED for repairs in a few places now.
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And the NEW webpage for Empire Trail Advisories also shows that 15 miles of the Empire Trail System, from Utica to Rome, is closed and barricaded due to flooding from the Mohawk River basin

https://www.canals.ny.gov/trails/projects.html

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There seems to be yet another epidemic in our area, it's the Epidemic Of Canal Trail Closures

There's one in Eagle Harbor/Gaines Basin area that will have the Erie Trail closed for a couple miles until May 20, 2022. This one has some local social media group in an uproar... they are falsely claiming it's am "alleged issue of Canal Embankment instability and leakage"



https://ecna.createaforum.com/notices-from-the-canal-authority/nys-canals-announces-routine-inspection-of-navigation-embankments-to-begin/?message=2118


And here's the image from the Empire Trail outside Rome, where water issues and a culvert replacement will keep this trail section closed until late in 2023. Note that the Erie Canal National Heritage Corridor folks who answered this Facebook Group is working in "partnership" with the NYS Canal Corporation, they are considered colleagues, both agencies working together for the safety of the public who uses the Canal System, and also to insure the sustainability of the Canalway.

And note the signage... Trail Closed, Violators will be PROSECUTED




And of course last October's SINKHOLE in Royalton brought about yet another Trail Closure, as that hole next to the trail seemingly opened up overnight, and was found by a weekend Canal Embankment walker who wisely alerted the Canal Corporation to the danger



So please, be aware that the Canal is having safety and structural issues along the trail, along with the miles and miles of earthen embankments that support that trail.

Give them a hand, point out anything that looks like it might be a seepage issue, and post it here on our Forum.

There are people at NYS Canals that regularly check here for information from the public, regarding Erie Canal issues.