Erie Canalway Trail Closures

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Periodically, short sections of the Erie Canalway Trail are temporarily closed due to construction activities on the trail corridor. Trail closures may be needed during rehabilitation of old deteriorated trail sections, or due to repair of bridges, culverts, or utilities that cross the trail. Trail users will need to utilize alternate on-road routes to detour around temporary trail closures.

These closures are reflected on the interactive Cycle the Erie Canal trail map, along with alternate on-road detour routes.

Current Trail Closures

Closures are listed from west to east.

Albion, Orleans County

A 1.5 mile section of the Erie Canalway Trail, located slightly west of Albion in Orleans County, will be closed during April and May 2022 due to a construction project to make repairs to the Erie Canal embankment (the trail will be closed between CR21-Eagle Harbor Road and CR88-Gaines Basin Road). Through bicyclists will need to detour around the closure by riding on local roads.

Macedon, Wayne County:

A 0.5-mile trail section from Walworth Road east to Pal-Mac Park is closed due to repairs to the Ganargua Creek Aqueduct. Signage has been installed marking temporary on-road detours for through-trail bicyclists and hikers.

Oriskany, Oneida County

The trail is closed between Reber Road and Thomas Road in Oriskany due to the washout of a culvert from a winter storm. The wash out damaged the trail, making it unsafe for users. A detour along NYS Route 69 / Oriskany Road has been put in place and is marked with signage. Given the scale of the project to replace the culvert and repair the trail, this stretch is not anticipated to be reopened until Fall of 2023.

Little Falls, Herkimer County

A 2.5-mile section of the trail in Little Falls from Flint Avenue east to Herkimer Home State Historic Site will be closed during April and May, 2022 due to a construction project to rehabilitate and upgrade this old trail segment. Signage will be installed marking a temporary on-road detour route.

Herkimer County

A 5-mile section of the Erie Canalway Trail, from Herkimer Home State Historic Site east to the Montgomery County line at Mindenville, is closed due to the trail's loose gravel surface that is not suitable for bicyclists. Through bicyclists should use a temporary on-road route (west to east) on Finck's Basin Road, Route 5S, River Road, and Fredas Way. New York State is designing a project to address the loose gravel and will reopen the trail when it is suitable for bicycling.

Amsterdam, Montgomery County

A section of the Erie Canalway Trail in Amsterdam will be closed for several periods during 2022, due to a construction project to rehabilitate the Route 30 bridge (the trail passes under the bridge). Signage will be installed marking a detour route on adjacent roads, during all times the trail is closed.

Cohoes to Colonie, Albany County

A 3-mile section of the Erie Canalway Trail / Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail from Alexander Street in Cohoes to Route 9 (Louden Rd) in Colonie will be closed during April and May, 2022, due to a construction project to repave this old trail segment. Long-distance bicyclists need to utilize an on-road route to detour around the temporary closure (description from Cohoes to Colonie) on the Route 787 bike path; New Courtland St; North Mohawk St; and Fonda Road.

Information on this page is shared from New York State's Empire State Trail website at https://empiretrail.ny.gov/trail-closures

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