Public trail rehab session slated

JOHNSTOWN -The city will conduct a public informational meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall to review proposed design changes to the city’s sections of the Fulton County Rail Trail aimed at making them safer.

The session to be conducted in the second floor council chamber will precede the regular Common Council meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall. Participating in the meeting will be Greenman-Pedersen Inc., an Albany engineering firm.

The city is required to hold the public meeting per Chapter 8 of the Procedures for Locally Administered Federal-Aid Projects Manual, and the Federal Highway Administration’s National Environmental Policy Act.

City Engineer Chandra Cotter said Friday that Tuesday’s planned session will serve several purposes.

“The purpose of the meeting is to go over project needs, review design alternatives, learn about the schedule, and receive comments on the project from officials,” Cotter said.

The Common Council in July approved a $63,165 contract with Greenman-Pedersen to design changes to the sections of the trail within the city. The firm was selected to complete design for rehabilitation of the existing trail.

Original trail work has been done in various phases over the years and a phase done in 2006 included building a 3.6-mile stretch from the Gloversville-Johnstown line south to Union Avenue Extension. The trail has received grant funding over the years through the state Department of Transportation.

Fulton County has led efforts to receive Rail Trail funding over the years. Funding is handed down from the federal government to the state. The county Board of Supervisors on June 10 allocated $150,000 to the city of Johnstown. The city is using grant money to refurbish and make the existing trail portions in the city safer. Planned work includes updating signage and making the Rail Trail crossings safer.

The city – in partnership with DOT – is developing design plans for what the city calls the trail’s “phase III project.”

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at