Canal Corp. will give update on embankment project

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 February 2019 at 4:10 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – A contractor this afternoon removes tree stumps and packs in dirt on the embankment alogn the Erie Canal Towpath. This spot is in Albion on the west side on the Brown Street bridge.

The NYS Canal Corporation will hold informational meetings next week about next steps for the Erie Canal embankment restoration project.

A landscape architect will be on hand to talk about potential options available to residents and land owners for aesthetic improvements and privacy screening following the removal of tree stumps and other safety upgrades.

The meetings are scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

• Monday, Feb. 25 – Hoag Library, 134 South Main St., Albion

• Tuesday, Feb . 26 – A.D. Oliver Middle School, 40 Allen St., Brockport

Tree stumps are piled near a pathway by the Brown Street bridge in Albion.

The Canal Corp. is working on phase 2 of the project, removing tree stumps and packing and grading of the embankments where trees were cut down about a year ago.

The state Canal Corp. has hired Hohl Industrial of Tonawanda and Tioga Construction of Herkimer for phase 2, which started in December near Marshall Road in Medina, and has headed east.

Phase 1 work including cutting down and removing trees and mowing brush off the canal embankments in Orleans and part of Monroe counties. The embankment maintenance program will enhance the canal’s safety and security, the Canal Corp. said.

The Canal Corp. said that trees shouldn’t be on embankments because their root systems can cause seepage and potentially lead to erosion and potential embankment failure that can cause catastrophic damage.

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