Canalway Trail Closures


Periodically, short sections of the 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.

Updated June 16, 2024.

Information on this page is shared from New York State's Empire State Trail website at

Closures are listed from west to east along the Erie Canalway Trail, and from north to south along the Champlain Canalway Trail.

Current Erie Canalway Trail Closures

Buffalo, Erie County

The EST/ Shoreline Trail through the former LaSalle Park is now closed as it undergoes a multi-year renovation to become Ralph Wilson Park. Trail users will need to follow the on-road detour along Niagara Street to connect the trail between Canalside and Porter Ave. Click this link for more project details.

Royalton, Niagara County

The NYS Canal Corporation has closed a 3-mile portion of the trail between Root Rd., east of Gasport, and Carmen Rd., west of Middleport, to perform embankment work. Trail users will need to utilize local roads and follow detour signage. Work is expected to last through September 2024.

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.

Verona, Oneida County

Beginning in June, 2024 the NYS DOT will be replacing the bridge over Oriskany Creek in the hamlet of Durhamville. The trail will not be closed for this work however trail users will be travelling within the closed portion of the roadway and may encounter construction vehicles. Trail users should be cautious in this area, follow any detour signage, and watch for any safety flaggers.

Rome, Oneida County

Starting April 15, 2024, the City of Rome will be starting to resurface the section of the Erie Canalway Trail/Empire State Trail from the Old Erie Canal Village to South Charles Street. This section of the trail will be closed from April 15 to approximately the end of June. Detour signage will be marked along adjacent roadways.

Rotterdam Junction, Schenectady County

Starting June 24, National Grid will be performing restoration activities on and along the Mohawk-Hudson Bike Trail/Erie Canalway Trail/Empire State Trail and Mabie lane in Rotterdam Junction. Repaving and backfilling of the trail and of Mabie lane may create temporary delays and intermittent closures on the trail. For your safety, please be cognizant of traffic control devices and safety personnel when traveling in this area. Work is expected to be completed July 2.

Schenectady, Schenectady County

Starting May 20th a short detour for the Empire State Trail will be in place due to a roadway reconstruction project at the intersection of Washington Avenue and State Street in downtown Schenectady’s Stockade Neighborhood. The temporary detour will direct people off the trail for approximately 300 feet through the parking lot at the SUNY Schenectady Science (CST) Building. The purpose of the construction project is to create an improved route for the trail and a “Contra-Flow” bike lane on Washington Avenue to better accommodate trail users. The detour will be in place for approximately six weeks until construction is completed.

Albany, Albany County to Rensselaer, Rensselaer County

The New York State DOT has removed the pedestrian walkway on the west side of the Dunn Memorial Bridge. Trail users must follow detour signage at Jennings Landing to utilize the pedestrian path behind the concrete barriers to connect farther up to the bridge walkway and across the Hudson River. Cyclists should dismount and walk their bicycles.

Current Champlain Canalway Trail Closures

Fort Edward, Washington County

Beginning , Saturday April 6, 2024, contractors will be working adjacent to the trail north of Fort Edward and using a segment of trail to access to their work areas. Flaggers will coordinate trailway user access with construction vehicle access. Trail users are advised to slow down, follow signs and flaggers, and use caution. Users can expect increased traffic volume on Towpath Road during this time as well. Work is expected to be complete in early May.