SCHENECTADY COUNTY -- Schenectady County nature preserves that were closed in January due to hazardous, icy conditions have re-opened.
In a notice issued Thursday, county Director of Public Works Joe Ryan said the Plotterkill Preserve in Rotterdam, the Indian Kill Preserve in Glenville and the county forest in Duanesburg have all been re-opened.
Also re-opened is the Erie Canalway Trail multi-use path that runs west from Schenectady County Community College into Rotterdam.
"The re-opening of both the preserves and the bike path are because the earlier icy conditions have improved and they are now deemed safe," said county spokesman Joe McQueen. "There were also some concerns about flooding on portions of the bike path, so that factored in also."
However, the bike trail in the vicinity of Erie Canal Lock 8 will remain closed until April 17, as National Grid contractors continue to work on a project in that area. The power line project, which began in November, was originally supposed to be done in January, but National Grid has also experienced delays due to winter conditions.