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Ogdensburg reopens Maple City Trail

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OGDENSBURG — After being mangled by the swollen Oswegatchie River this spring, the city’s Maple City Trail has been repaired and will reopen today.

Interim Public Works Director Gregg E. Harland said there is still some paving work to be done, but parts of the trail that were washed away have been replaced with crushed stone, and the river retaining wall has been reinforced with rock to keep it from further deteriorating.

Higher-than-usual water levels on the Oswegatchie last month eroded the subbase under sections of the trail, caving in swaths of it and washing away part of its retaining wall.

The trail was under the river’s raging waters for almost two weeks, prompting city officials to close it from the Lake Street pedestrian bridge to the Old Pump House.

“It was bad,” Mr. Harland said of the damage. “We made it a priority and put a lot of guys down there to get it done.”

He said he would not recommend bicycling or skateboarding at high speed on the portion of the trail along Crescent Street that had caved in, but pedestrians will enjoy safe passage.

“It’s as good as it ever was before,” he said. “Where it washed out and dug up the sod, we stabilized that so we wouldn’t lose any more.”

He said repairing the retaining wall under the water would have required a state Department of Environmental Conservation permit. Fortifying it with rock will ensure the wall remains in place, he said.

He said city crews also were able to rewire streetlights along the Crescent Street section of the trail while they made repairs.

“We know a lot of people were missing it, and we wanted to get it reopened,” Mr. Harland said.

Mr. Harland said DPW workers will repave damaged sections of the trail starting next week.

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