While Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee have long since passed, the damage inflicted by the storms lingers on in many areas. Segments of the Canalway Trail in Schenectady and Montgomery counties are currently closed due to sustained damages and flooding. The New York State Canal Corporation is advising trail-goers to avoid the trail between Canajoharie and Schenectady until conditions improve.
Particular areas which are currently impassable include the trail at Rotterdam Junction, Lock 8 in Scotia, and the section of trail located where Route 5S crosses the Thruway in Fort Hunter. While other sections of trail may have improved within this vicinity, trail users are being asked to exercise caution while travelling through the eastern portion of the canal corridor.
Long-distance trail users are encouraged to use alternative routes, such as Route 5 on the north side of the Erie Canal. Although conditions continue to improve, it is uncertain when these segments will reopen.