Construction continues on the Towpath Trail. Clearing a grubbing of the entire length (shown above in red) will be completed shortly. The contractor is trying to move a barge into Weger’s Pond outlet on which a pile driver can be mounted. The piles are necessary as a foundation for the 140 foot bridge across the outlet. The bridge will arrive in 20 foot sections. The fabricated bridge will be lifted in place by two “small” cranes at either end of the trail.
This view at left was taken from atop the farmer’s bridge abutment to the east of Clutes Dry Dock. You can see that the trail is wide enough for a good size excavator as well as the construction sized dump truck. The truck backed over a half mile into the woods to get a load of debris.
This week the Preserve is closed to all but duck hunters, so work on the eastern Halfmoon end of the trail will be the focus.
Work on the 10 foot wide stone dust trail is expected to be complete by the end of the year. Its is truly exciting to see the progress. This will be a wonderful recreational recourse for the Byway corridor.
Alan and Susan Lasker said:
Eric..thank you for the update. We’ve walked new path from thenWater Authority road to the Wagars Pond channel. The new trail is amazing! And the trees that were cut into the old Erie Canal have mostly been cleared, making the canal,passable by canoe and kayak. The final result will greatly enhance the towpath experience.