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Contractor adds dirt to smooth out canal embankments

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 30 April 2019 at 8:51 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Contractors haul dirt to the canal embankment on the north side of the Erie Canal near Brown Street in Albion this afternoon.

Trees were removed from this section more than a year ago, and the stumps were also taken out. That left a steep embankment, but the contractor for this phase of the project has been hauling dirt to the embankments to smooth them out.

The Canal Corp. has a goal of having an easy to maintain, mowable slope by the canal. The Canal Corp. said it will be planting shrubs near the top of the towpath, grass and wildflowers on the slope of the embankments and small trees about 25 feet from the slope of the towpath.

The state Canal Corp. has hired Hohl Industrial of Tonawanda and Tioga Construction of Herkimer to remove tree stumps, and do packing and grading of the embankments where trees were cut down in late 2017 and early 2018.

The contractor takes another load of dirt to the canal embankment, west of Brown Street.

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