The following article by Danielle Cherniak in the Spindle City Historic Society Newsletter provides an excellent example of the great projects that can be accomplished with partners along the Byway.
“In mid- June, a group of engineers from the New York Army National Guard worked at Lock 15 of the enlarged Erie Canal and along the canal bed between Locks 14 and 15 in Cohoes. About two dozen members of the 1156th Engineering Company based in Kingston and the 152nd Engineering Company based in Buffalo spent several days clearing trees, brush, and debris from the lock and adjacent sections of the historic canal. The group working on the canal sites expressed great interest in the city’s history, and appreciation for the amazing engineering feats of the past in constructing the canal and building the industries of Cohoes.
“The towpath along this section of canal is scheduled to be restored as a trail for pedestrians and bicycles, and will be part of the Cohoes Erie Canal Heritage Trail. The NYS National Guard’s work on the canal is part of their mission to assist New York’s residents and communities, while helping the Guard’s engineers hone their skills and obtain additional experience using equipment. Many thanks to the Guard for their efforts in restoring one of our city’s historic treasures.”