BATAVIA – A ribbon cutting on Wednesday will celebrate the opening of Ellicott Trail, a 4.6-mile multi-use trail that was built by the Town and City of Batavia.

The ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the new trail bridge over the Tonawanda Creek on Walnut Street. Officials from both the town and city will be present. Parking is being provided by the Genesee ARC, 64 Walnut St. It is recommended that those in attendance wear a mask and practice social distancing.

The trail is open to both pedestrians and bicyclists. Funding for the $1.6 million project was provided by the state Department of Transportation and New York State, and included a $1 million Transportation Enhancement Program grant and $250,000 from the State and Municipal Facilities Grant Program.

The trail runs through parts of the town and city – between Pearl Street and Seven Springs Road – with both on- and off-road portions.

The trail begins on Route 33 near the intersection of Industrial Boulevard and meanders through Williams Park and crosses the Tonawanda Creek via a pedestrian bridge on Walnut Street. The trail then travels behind the Batavia Ice Rink before heading down Route 63 to Elmwood Cemetery. From there it winds through DeWitt Park and crosses State Route 5 and traverses an old railbed which passes over the CSX railroad tracks via covered bridge before terminating at Seven Springs Road.

Batavia Rotary donated several benches and bike racks that line the trail.

The bridge was installed in August by Keeler Construction, a process that took about five hours. The bridge is 127 feet long and weighs 27.5 tons, or 55,000 pounds. It came in two sections. One end was floated across the creek on a barge and then the bridge was lifted by both ends and set onto its concrete foundation.

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