The New York State Canal Corporation has opened a new section of the Erie Canalway Trail in the Mohawk Valley.

The new section, which cost $5.4 million, runs from the Fort Herkimer Church at the German Flatts Town Park on Route 5S to Erie Canal Lock E-18 in German Flatts.

The project complements another $2.1 million trail project now underway in Herkimer County, to connect Lock E-18 to Route 167 in Little Falls.

It's scheduled for completion in September 2020.

The trail addition will help complete Governor Cuomo’s 750-Mile Empire State Trail initiative.

The Erie Canalway Trail, running from Albany to Buffalo is currently about 85 percent complete and is scheduled for completion late next year.

"As more portions of the Erie Canalway Trail are finished, more people will have the opportunity to experience what makes it special," said Brian Stratton, Canal Corporation director. "For cyclists, hikers and joggers, the trail is another reason to make the Mohawk Valley a destination."