A new section of the Canalway Trail is being installed and paved alongside Erie Boulevard West between Charles and Dominick streets, city official say, and soon the state will add a crossing at Dominick Street and the boulevard at the traffic light.
The construction when finished will allow users of the trail to go from the canal towpath through the city’s downtown to the connector at the James Street bridge, making a complete path through the city.
The contractor for the project is DH Smith of Clayville.
The city is spending $91,366 on this phase of the project. The city obtained $50,000 in state Consolidated Funding Application money from the Canal Corp. in 2011, and the city is matching the amount.
The Mohawk Adirondack and Northern Railroad Corp. contributed with repairs to the railroad crossing at Charles Street.
The path would cover about 1,000 feet. Once the entire route is complete, it will feature both an off-road option in south Rome and a downtown route through city streets.
The paving of the new section will start next week, according to Matt Andrews, deputy director of the city’s Department of Community and Economic Development.
The state will create the crossing this summer then will put up signs along West Dominick Street guiding users toward the James Street bridge soon after that so everything will be in place by the end of the summer, the city added.
It will be push button crossing for pedestrians so people can safely travel across the boulevard to connect to the towpath trail.
“This connection will allow canalway trail users to experience and enjoy the historic original canal prism and then safely travel through downtown Rome and connect to the Fort Stanwix National Monument before continuing to Bellamy Harbor Park,” the city noted.