Fayetteville springs ahead with two construction projects

The pedestrian bridge was set into place as part of Phase 2 of Canal Landing Park on May 10.

The pedestrian bridge was set into place as part of Phase 2 of Canal Landing Park on May 10.

— The village of Fayetteville is wasting no time now that the nice weather has finally arrived. Construction began for Phase 2 of Canal Landing Park with the installation of a bridge on May 10. The bridge was installed behind Brooklea Drive and connects Canal Landing Park to the Erie Canal path, which begins in Fayetteville behind the baseball fields next to the town of Manlius’ municipal building and heads East towards Rome.

The rest of Phase 2 is expected to be completed over the next month and a half and includes paving more trails in Canal Landing Park and planting trees. The bridge is the biggest component of Phase 2 and is expected to officially open at the end of June with a formal ribbon cutting ceremony.

This spring also marks the kickoff of the “Lower Village Greenscape Enhancement Project.” The project was made possible when the village received the “Save the Rain” grant, which is a green infrastructure grant that will allow for the installation of rain gardens along Brooklea Drive and calls for a new drainage system under the parking lot at the corner of Elm Street and Brooklea.

Over the past few years, there has been a problem with an overflow of rainwater in the sewer system in this parking lot. Workers will be installing porous asphalt to the lot, which will allow for storm water to drip down through the asphalt and into an underground drainage system which will run directly into Limestone Creek.

The parking lot is expected to be closed for about two to three weeks. During that time, anyone visiting businesses in the area will have to find parking on the side streets or along Brooklea.

Once the parking lot is ready to go, the next step for the village is the installation of four rain gardens on of some of the streets intersecting Brooklea Drive, like Elm Street and Mechanic Street. Bump- outs will be installed to hold the rain gardens, to make it easier for pedestrians crossing the street to see oncoming traffic and to allow for rainwater runoff to be absorbed into the ground.

In total, the Lower Village Greenscape Enhancement Project is expected to take anywhere from eight to ten weeks. The municipal parking lot will be open while construction is being done on the rain gardens.

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