Interest in completing the Erie Canalway Trail among citizens, community leaders, and local, state and federal government officials has reached an all-time high. The third annual Closing the Gaps: A Progress Report on the Erie Canalway Trail 2012, prepared by Parks & Trails New York and Canalway Trails Association New York, notes that 2012 was a year of many accomplishments:
– 7 miles of new trail are under construction, six miles between Newark and Lyons and one mile in the City of Little Falls. Completion is slated for 2013.
-14.3 miles of trail will go out to bid or be under construction in 2013.
– The Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council has begun to define a short and long-term route for the trail through the City of Syracuse with the first priority being the creation of a short-term, on-road signed route that would accommodate pedestrians and touring cyclists.
-Members of Governor Cuomo’s cabinet and senior staff experienced the Erie Canalway Trail from Buffalo to Albany as part of PTNY’s 14th annual eight-day Cycling the Erie Canal event.
In 2013, PTNY and CTANY will continue to work with local, state and federal officials to overcome logistical challenges, secure funding sources, and generate broad-based support for completing the remaining 84 miles of trail gaps.
source: PTNY newsletter