Trail under construction with signs reading "trail closed"

Trail Closures

Temporary Closures - Empire State Trail

From time to time, short sections of rail trails and canalway trails are temporarily closed – typically for 4 to 8 weeks or longer – due to construction activities on the trail corridor. Trail closures may be needed during rehabilitation of old deteriorated trail sections, or due to repair of bridges, culverts, or utilities that cross the trail.

Trail users will need to utilize alternate on-road routes to detour around temporary trail closures.

The following Empire State Trail segments currently are closed:

Albany-Rensselaer, Albany & Rensselaer Counties: The New York State Department of Transportation is advising that sidewalk access is temporarily unavailable across the Dunn Memorial Bridge over the Hudson River between the cities of Albany and Rensselaer.  The closure is due to work on the free-standing pedestrian ramp that connects the bridge to Quay Street in the City of Albany. Note that all bicycle and pedestrian trail users will need to use CDTA bus routes 114 and 214 to travel between Rensselaer and Albany or seek alternative routes to connect the Mohawk-Hudson Bike Path across the Troy-Menands Bridge, and south along Route 4 to meet the Albany-Hudson Electric Trail.  For more information on bus routing visit cdta.org. For closure information visit the NYS DOT Travel Advisories page

Hudson Valley Section (New York City to Albany)

  • Northern Manhattan:  The northern portion of the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway is closed near Fort Tryon Park for a NYC Parks pavement rehabilitation project. Trail users will need utilize the bike-ped crossing over Henry Hudson Parkway near W 181st St. to connect the detour and trailway. The on-road detour travels north-south on Broadway from 181st St. to Dyckman St., reconnecting with the existing on-road route on Seaman Ave. Click here to see this segment on the map. 
  • Rensselaer & Albany: See closure information above.

Erie Canalway Trail Section (Buffalo to Albany)

  • Macedon, Wayne County: A 0.5-mile trail section from Walworth Road east to Pal-Mac Park is closed due to repairs to the Ganargua Creek Aqueduct. Signage has been installed marking temporary on-road detours for through-trail bicyclists and hikers. Click here to see this section on the map.
  • Solvay, Onondaga County: The Empire State Trail Segment that passes through the NY State Fairgrounds will close for the season from December 1 through April 1, 2023. Trail users should follow alternate signage to through the parking lot at the southwest corner of Bridge Street and State Fair Blvd.
  • Oriskany, Oneida County: A section of the Erie Canalway Trail west of the Village of Oriskany is closed due to a trail washout and repair project. Trail users traveling between Oriskany and Stanwix/Rome need to follow a 2.4-mile on-road detour, on the shoulders of Route 69 (also named Rome-Oriskany Road) between Thomas Road and Reber Road. Signage has been installed marking the temporary on-road route. Click here to see this section on the map. 
  • Amsterdam, Montgomery County: A small section of the Erie Canalway Trail in Amsterdam will be closed through December 2022 due to construction on the Route 30 bridge. Signage will be installed marking the short detour route.
  • Pattersonville & Rotterdam Junction, Schenectady County: Two projects will close 4 miles of trail between Rynex Corners Rd. and River Road beginning November 2022.  A CSX rail tunnel will be replaced at Leggiero Ln. and National Grid will be performing a powerline project between Scrafford Ln. and River Rd./Rt. 5s. Both projects are expected to be complete in the spring of 2023. Trail users will need to follow marked detours along Rynex Corners Rd. and Route 5s/River Road. Click here to see this section on the map.
  • Rotterdam, Schenectady County:  GE will be performing maintenance on their Mohawk River water intake building located along the EST approximately 1 mile west of the SUNY Schenectady County Community College. The maintenance operation will take place over a four-week period between approximately Monday, January 23rd and Thursday, February 23rd. The impact to the trail will be intermittent over this four-week time and involve occasional vehicle traffic to and from the work site. Signage and flaggers will be in place to warn trail users.  Work is expected to be complete toward the end of February 2023. 
  • Cohoes, Albany County: A half-mile section of the Erie Canalway Trail / Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail between Lansing Lane to Johnson Ave will be closed through April 2023, due to a storm water and green infrastructure project being implemented by the City of Cohoes.  Trail users will need to follow the marked detour on city streets. Click here to see this trail segment on the map.
  • Rensselaer & Albany: See closure information above.

Champlain Valley Section (Albany to Rouses Point)

No closures at this time. 

 

This page will be periodically updated to identify additional temporary trail closings.