BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - You may be able to skate at Canalside this winter. The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation is building replica canals on the site of the old Aud.
Water will flow where the original Erie Canal was. Along with it the state plans to add historic Whipple Truss bridges.
“They are replicas of the old Erie Canal Bridges that crossed over the Erie Canal 150 years ago” said Sam Hoyt, a board member of the harbor agency and Regional President of Empire State Development.
New whipple truss’ will be placed first over Lake Street then Lloyd and Commercial. LCM Industrial Contractors in Dansville constructed them and will install them.
“We anticipate that one will go in Monday, maybe Tuesday” said Hoyt. But there have been some setbacks at the old Aud site.
Last May, Dipizio Construction was fired from the Canalside project after the state claimed the construction company was woefully behind schedule. Dipizio claims it was unfairly pushed off the job and made a scapegoat for the failures by the states design team. The legal matter is still being worked out.
However Hoyt explained that he’s optimistic the project will be done soon for people to enjoy it. “We anticipate that the project will be complete by the end of fall and that we will have skating there this winter so this is a positive sign about progress being made there”.
The state plans to have an ice rink that’s four times the size of the one at Rockefeller Center.
“I think that you’ll find that this is going to be a destination during the winter as well as a great place to enjoy during the summer”.