The city of Little Falls celebrated the official completion of a one-mile segment of the Erie Canalway Trail on Tuesday.
Mayor Robert Peters, along with state Canal Corporation Director Brian Stratton and several state and local officials, cut a ribbon to celebrate the completion of the trail between the end of the Miller Mile Trail and state Route 167.
“On this spectacular fall day, there is no other place to be than Little Falls,” Stratton said to the crowd of more than 12 officials who gathered on the trail for the announcement.
The section helps connect 40 continuous miles of the trail from the city to Amsterdam in Montgomery County.
Included in the project is a new 10-foot wide asphalt trail with a small bridge, in addition to landscaping and directional signage.
The completed section marks more than 75 percent completion of the Erie Canalway Trail, with about 60 miles of trail left to finish.
“This will be one of our big assets,” said Peters, noting the tourism the trail will attract.
“This will surely bring many visitors to our area for the history and culture along the canal area,” he added.
The one-mile segment is part of 10 miles of trail the Canal Corporation has been working on to help close the gaps in the 348-mile Erie Canalway Trail.
Stratton said the Canal Corporation is making the completion a priority, and the 10 miles currently being worked on is expected to be completed by 2015.
“Certainly it’s a tremendous priority for us to move forward with the canal trail,” he said.
“The trail is a significant contributor to the nearly $380 million in economic activity generated in communities all throughout the canal corridor each year and this project gives tourists one more reason to make a stop in beautiful Little Falls,” Stratton added.
The project was completed with Canal Corporation funds in partnership with the state Office of Parks Recreation and Historic Preservation, Herkimer County and the city of Little Falls.
ALX Hunter of Little Falls was contracted for the construction.
Telegram Staff Writer Rob Juteau contributed to this report