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Shoreline Trail near GM Tonawanda plant reopens after five months

The part of the Shoreline Trail that was closed since spring for water line repairs at the GM Tonawanda Engine plant has reopened to walkers and bicyclists.

The project's general contractor informed Erie County officials Thursday that they've refilled and paved over where crews had worked and they've removed the fencing that cut off the trail.

Crews working for GM filled in the site of the water line repairs that had disrupted the Shoreline Trail bike path. (Photo courtesy of Greg Olma)

The lengthy construction period frustrated users of the Riverwalk section of the trail that runs along the Niagara River and Lake Erie. The county has an easement from GM for the trail to run through the automaker's property.

Crews in April started work to replace the 24-inch line that carries raw river water to the Town of Tonawanda plant. Path users coming from the north and the south had to turn around when they reached the plant's pump house.

Deputy Parks Commissioner Greg Olma said he was told crews finished everything they needed to do and they don't anticipate disrupting the trail next year.

GM Tonawanda water line work cuts off trail, frustrating bikers, hikers


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