Erie Canalway Trail Closures


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.

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.

Solvay, Onondaga County

The Empire State Trail through the New York State Fairgrounds will close for the season from December 1 through April 1, 2023. Trail users should follow alternate signage to and through the parking lot at the southwest corner of Bridge Street and State Fair Boulevard.

Amsterdam, Montgomery County

A small section of the Erie Canalway Trail in Amsterdam will be closed through December 2022 due to a construction project to rehabilitate the Route 30 bridge (the trail passes under the bridge). Signage will be installed marking the short detour route.

Rotterdam Junction, Schenectady County

Closure 1: The Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail will be closed near Leggiero Lane in the Town of Rotterdam from November 2022 until May 2023 for the installation of a concrete box tunnel under the CSX Railroad bridge along the trail.

Closure 2: A 1.5 mile segment of the trail between Scrafford Lane and River Road/Rt. 5s will have short-term closures by National Grid in October and November, 2022. The trail will then be closed for a National Grid powerline project beginning December, 2022 through the spring of 2023. Trail users will need to follow marked detours along Route 5s/River Road.

Cohoes, Albany County

A half-mile section of the Erie Canalway Trail / Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail between Lansing Lane to Johnson Ave will be closed through April 2023, due to a storm water and green infrastructure project being implemented by the City of Cohoes. Trail users will need to follow the marked detour on city streets.

Updated January 4, 2023.

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