2.5-mile stretch of Empire State Trail to be rehabbed

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The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is rehabilitating a 2.5-mile section of the Empire State Trail from the City of Little Falls to Herkimer Home State Historic Site, in Herkimer County.

The trail segment — which is part of the Erie Canalway Trail — starts at Flint Avenue in the City of Little Falls, and runs east to Herkimer Home. The existing trail was constructed 20 years ago and needs rehabilitation. 

The $1.2 million project will remove the trail’s aging asphalt and stone-dust surface, install a new 10-foot-wide paved bicycling and walking path, install drainage improvements to prevent erosion, and make safety improvements - including new fencing and signs.

The project is a partnership between State Parks, which owns the eastern trail section, and the City of Little Falls, which owns the western section. Work begins Sept. 27 and will be completed by Memorial Day 2022.

For safety reasons, the 2.5-mile trail segment will be closed to the public during construction. For project information, go online to: https://empiretrail.ny.gov/

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