At long last, work on an expanded canal system at Canalside appears ready to begin. Albany shenanigans held up releasing the funds for the project delaying construction. Survey crews were at work on Friday and construction equipment is beginning to be brought to the site.
The historically aligned public canals are approximately 37,000 square feet and will include all the necessary equipment to maintain ice during the winter. Three bridges and 22,000 square feet of towpaths lining the canals will reinforce the pedestrian experience and allow for future development as Canalside grows. The new public space will provide a unique setting for four seasons programming, including ice skating during the winter, and special events and activities during spring, summer and fall.
DiPizio Construction Company, Inc. was the low bidder for the project. The contract amount will not exceed $19,784,000 plus a 20 percent construction contingency for a total contract amount of $23,740,800.