BUFFALO, NY - A ceremonial groundbreaking took place at the site of the old Aud Saturday as crews move forward with plans to expand the Erie Canal further into the City of Buffalo.
The plan is to move the Erie Canal back into a space that it actually used to occupy.
Local leaders including Mayor Byron Brown and Congressman Brian Higgins, hope the renewed canal presence will create a year-round attraction for tourists and residents of Western New York.
Three bridges and 22,000 square feet of pathways will be created along the canals for pedestrians to enjoy during the warm months.
A portion of the canals will be frozen over during the winter months for ice skating.
The $23 million project is expected to be finished in the spring of 2013.