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It’s been more than ﬁve years since town oﬃcials applied or a grant to complete the Erie Canalway trail through Newark and Arcadia and in October 2014 the town cut the ribbon to oﬃcially open the trail to residents.It all started at the corner o East Avenue and Van Buren Street in the village o Newark where highway crews cleared a path or the new trail that connects Palmyra, Newark and Lyons along the historic waterway. Highway Superintendent Dave Harder recalled it took two years to get the permits approved, severely cutting into the time allowed under the grant to complete the trail.Te trail through Wayne County begins in Macedon and was started back in 1988 when Mark DeCracker presented a proposal to Sen. Patrick Moynihan. Cleanups started along the canal to clear away excessive brush and garbage. By the late 1990s, trails began to be built in diﬀerent sections across the state. Locally, the trail was ﬁrst installed rom Fairport to Palmyra, then Palmyra to Newark — but they ended there at the East Avenue bridge. Maps along the canal trail show the trail continues, but the project was never completed. In 2008, Supervisor Dick Colacino said they were notiﬁed the grant money was available again. he hold up came in applying or the permits, until Colacino went to the then new director o the state Canal Corporation Brian Stratton asking or his help to complete the process and jump start the project. Costs or the project were shared between the county, town and village and Colacino said without their support, the trail may not have ever been completed.Te pathway was mapped out by canal oﬃcials and town engineer Bob Hutteman rom Lu Engineers and required a roadside trail detour to avoid the CSX railroad tracks running parallel to the canal. Work began in May 2011, crews working in what Harder and Deputy Superintendent Dan Pullen called the “wilderness section” o the trail. A wall o heavy brush and large trees stood beore highway crew members, who were unaccustomed to building canal trails.“We’re highway guys,” Harder said. “But we can do anything. It was brutal down there. I’m talking big trees and brush. We had trees ﬁve eet around...and tree work is slow.”Besides problems o the leay variety, crews were also ﬁghting mosquitoes and horse ﬂies.“hat irst part was the worst,” Pullen said.Pullen rallied the men, splitting them into three groups — one group cleared brush and trees, behind them was the second group who began preparing the 6-oot pathway and then the third was right on their heels laying the trail down with crush and run stone and topping it with stone dust. Only what was necessary was cleared rom the path, Harder said, and crews were careul not to disturb anything they didn’t need to in order to preserve the wilderness aspect o the section o trail. Te work wasn’t exactly oreign to Harder’s “good ol’ country boys” who have cut up a ew trees or irewood throughout the years. But he also boasts a very talented crew — builders, masons and electric experts — he hired or the talents they have.“I think that’s why we’re such a successul crew,” Harder said o his town highway department. “I’ve surrounded mysel with talented people.”Te project became one o teamwork with help crossing town lines to get the job done.
NEW TRAIL COMPLETES CANAL WALKWAY
across Wayne County
BY TAMMY WHITACRETWHITACREMESSENGERPOSTMEDIA.COM
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