This past week, we participated in the official announcement for the Empire State Trail project through Central New York. Five years ago we set out to generate ideas for how to re-imagine and reconnect to the historical Erie Canal corridor linking DeWitt and Syracuse. Those ideas helped to ignite the statewide effort to complete what will now be known as the Empire State Trail which, when completed by the end of 2020, will create a 750-mile pathway from Buffalo to Albany and from New York City to the Canadian border.
If you are like us, you have been waiting with baited breath for an announcement of the next step for the Empire State Trail project! New York State released the FINAL Empire State Trail Plan in June of 2018, you can find the proposed route through Central New York on page 22. We have been busy working behind the scenes to prepare for the next steps in the implementation of the Empire State Trail!
This past Wednesday Juan Pablo Garnham, an editor at CityLab published an article that explores the alternatives for what went wrong with the bridge collapse in Miami. His article raises an important question – “…(B)eyond the technical reasons why the structure failed, there’s a deeper issue: Was the 174-foot bridge that spanned eight lanes of traffic ever the best solution in the first place?..." We have had our own documented issues with pedestrian fatalities along the Erie Boulevard East corridor. Our community generally regards Erie Boulevard with disdain. Yes it is a regular shopping destination – but we hear regularly from businesses and residents of the Town that the current conditions of Erie Boulevard are deplorable.
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will hold an open house meeting on Thursday, March 29, 2018 related to the Empire State Trail, a bicycle/pedestrian trail that will connect the Erie Canal Park in the town of Camillus with the Erie Canal Park in the town of Dewitt. This project is part of a statewide initiative to complete a continuous bike trail from Albany to Buffalo along the Erie Canal. The open house will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at DeWitt Town Hall 5400 Butternut Drive, East Syracuse, NY 13057.
UPDATE 3/14: EVENT POSTPONED due to weather. Further updates will be posted, stay tuned!
March 14th, affectionately known as Pi Day, is drawing near! Usually this is a date we welcome with open arms and open mouths (if you need an excuse to eat Pie, but who are we kidding). This year, THIS WEDNESDAY, we will be attending the New York State Department of Transportation’s Open House on the Empire State Trail, where the draft plans for the Erie Boulevard corridor will be available for public input.
Because this event will be held to celebrate, inform and anticipate the completion of New York State’s most infamously segmented line, we’re taking some creative liberties by embracing this event as a protest of Pi Day. Please join us at the Erie Canal Museum in Downtown Syracuse between 5-7pm to learn about the State’s plan to close the gap in the Erie Canal Trail and see how our Elevating Erie Concept Plan dovetails into this project.
We hope to meet you there!
More information available here: https://www.dot.ny.gov/portal/page/portal/news/press-releases/2018/2018-03-09
*This is not an actual protest of Pi Day. We could never do that.
** Regretfully, no pie will be served at this event.