continued The favored option four would cost roughly $3.7 million, LaCivita said. The other projects range in cost from $2.1 million to $4.9 million, and include continuing to pave the road in short sections over a longer period of time.
Kolankowski said although option four may be a little more costly, it is a safer choice because “people are going to be naturally drawn to the river and access points along the way.”
The road was built on the old towpath of the original Eerie Canal, between the locks of Cohoes and the Aqueduct crossing at Crescent, Colonie Historian Kevin Franklin said.
“The road bed itself is built on the old berm of the Eerie Canal. The area has a tremendous amount of history and has a tremendous amount of potential because of that history,” Franklin said.
After receiving public comment, the coalition will start seeking state and federal money to improve the highway. Kolankowski said realistically they’re looking at a five-year timeline for the project, which includes getting the funding, design work done and approvals in place.
But the first step is bringing their ideas to the public.
“We want to hear they’re excited about the project and (it’s) something they would use and support,” Kolankowski said. “It’s going to provide a lot of very nice interconnections to the trail system along the more direct connection between the Mohawk Hudson Bikeway, which goes south to Albany, and the byway system to the Saratoga County side.”
The Mohawk Towpath Scenic Byway Coalition will be receiving comments on the study through April 1. Comments can be mailed to the Coalition at P O Box 90, Clifton Park, NY 12065.