HUDSON FALLS - Construction of a 6-mile-long section of the Champlain Canalway Trail will be discussed at a public information program Sept. 26, according to the New York State Canal Corporation.
Representatives from the Canal Corporation will be available from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Washington County Annex Building 2, 411 Lower Main St., to explain the project and to answer questions. A brief presentation will be held at 6:30 p.m.
The new 10-foot-wide hike-and-bike trail will be built atop the western embankment of the Champlain Canal. The trail will stretch from New Swamp Road in the town of Kingsbury to Clay Hill Road in the village of Fort Ann.
Construction is scheduled to begin October 2013 and be completed by the end of 2015. Work will include construction of four new bridges, 6.1 miles of asphalt trail, a hiker-biker-boater campsite at Lock 9 in Kingsbury and a small trail access parking lot at Baldwin's Corner Road.
The $4.5 million project is funded through the 2005 Rebuild and Renew Transportation Bond Act, approved by state voters.
The Champlain Canalway Trail will extend 58 miles from Waterford to Whitehall. It is part of the statewide Canalway Trail System, a network of approximately 300 miles of multi-use trails across upstate New York. The Canalway Trail follows the towpaths of both active and historic sections of the New York State Canal System as well as adjacent abandoned rail corridors.
Learn more about the Canalway Trail at www.canals.ny.gov/trails/about.html.