Little Falls Connector – Reimagine the Canal Initiative

City of Little Falls, NY

Within this broad ranging “Reimagine the Canal” economic development, resilience, community revitalization, ecological restoration, and opportunities for new tourism and development initiative, the New York Power Authority and NYS Canal Corporation propose to develop a public park (referred to as “Lockview Park”), a pedestrian bridge connection to the Empire State Trail, and a waterfront promenade in the City of Little Falls, NY.  This project area is bounded on the east by NYS Route 169, on the south by the Empire State Trail, on the west by Benton’s Landing, and on the north by Moss Island and the Mohawk River.

This group of elements, collectively referred to as the “Little Falls Connector”,  will also consider design alternatives for utilizing the top of existing retaining structures as walkways to cross the Empire State Trail to Seeley Street without requiring new  bridge construction.  These features will be constructed on either side of the existing Lock E-17, which shall remain in normal navigation and non-navigation seasonal operation through construction and beyond. The existing retention dam and buttress walls that form the southern boundary of the Lock E-17 upper pool shall also remain accessible by NYS Canal Corporation Staff for maintenance, inspection, and operations throughout the project and into the foreseeable future.

EDR is supporting the Lead Design/Engineering Firm by providing site/civil engineering, environmental assessment and regulatory compliance, and cultural resources management services. The Team’s proposed approach focuses on executing clarity, simplicity, and rigor; economy with maximum impact; enhancing existing assets, foregrounding local economic development, and minimizing maintenance costs.