In February 2014, E.T.& L. Corp. was awarded Phase II of the Holyoke Canal Walk project by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. The Canal Walk is a 9,000 foot long pedestrian walkway along the First and Second Level Canals in the center of the Canal Arts & Industry District in historic downtown Holyoke. Phase II is approximately 3,000 feet and extends the first phase canal walk along Race Street between Dwight Street and Appleton Street and includes converting the existing railroad bridge over the Second Level Canal to a pedestrian bridge.
Repairs will be made to the bridge abutments, new steel will be added to accommodate proposed overlooks to the canal, associated railings will be installed and the bridge will be painted. Decorative concrete walkways, including overlooks over canal embankment supported by helical piles, will be installed. The project will also include the construction of a retaining wall, decorative site lighting, benches and other park-like amenities as well as extensive landscaping along the Second Level Canal. Once construction begins, this $3.5 million project will be completed in 780 days.