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Canalway Trail: Mohawk to Ilion

Foit-Albert is a subconsultant for On-Call Engineering Services for the New York State Canal System. Under assignment #1, engineers prepared detail plans for bidding for a one-mile long, 10ft wide Canalway trail from Ilion to Mohawk.

The Canalway Trail project from Mohawk to llion was developed by Foit-Albert Associates for the NYS Thruway Authority, Canal Design Bureau in 2003-2006. The project was stopped due to funding issues and subsequently restarted, rescoped, and stopped again. The trail project was rescoped to be designed, let and constructed in several segments due to Right of Way, timing and funding constraints. Project development had progressed through the Scoping, Preliminary Engineering, ADP’s and eventually PS&E phases, but never Let. Design Approval was granted on 10/16/05 based on a Design Report dated May 2005.

Foit-Albert Associates is using the previously prepared Final Design Report to perform a “Reevaluation” of the project’s Design Approval Document in accordance with Appendix 11 of the NYSDOT Project Development Manual, Written Reevaluation.

The project scope includes providing an updated survey and wetland delineation within the project corridor, re-inspection of any structures to be crossed by the trail and converting the project from metric to English units. The plans also provide amenities such as benches, kiosks, landscaping, a facility near the marina, among other related trail features. New drawings were added as required and a bridge structure designed over a large creek.

The project is nearing construction completion. Due to the unknown expanse of the landfill, the alignment was revised to minimize excavation. Guide rail was reviewed and revised due to the field changes.

New York State Canal Corporation