HERKIMER — The last two sections of the hydraulic canal project are set for completion with the help of a $750,000 Community Development Block Grant.

Village Clerk Amanda Viscomi reported during Monday’s Herkimer village board meeting that she had received notification of the award that will allow the village to move ahead with Phase 5 of the project.

This phase will involve installing pipe and filling in the hydraulic canal between Smith Street and state Route 5 and from Steele Street to the Mohawk River, according to Village Superintendent James Franco, who said he expects the work to get started in the spring.

He pointed out all of the work the village has undertaken to pipe and fill in the hydraulic canal will have been done with grant funding.

The fourth phase of the project, which was completed last year, was originally scheduled to include the section from Smith Street to Route 5, but there wasn’t enough money in the Housing and Community Renewal grant the village was awarded to finish it, Franco said.

Past projects transformed the hydraulic canal area on the north side of the village to provide green space and walkway areas as well as space for parking.

The hydraulic canal was built in the early 1830s to utilize the waters of the West Canada Creek to provide water power for Herkimer’s former municipal plant and industries such as the Standard Furniture Company and Herkimer Paper Company. It carried the water from above German Street through the village in the vicinity of Washington Street and emptied into the Mohawk River.

After the canal fell into disuse it became overgrown and clogged. Some used it as an illegal dumping ground. Herkimer County acquired the section of the channel between Folts and Suiter streets in the late 1990s to serve as a parking lot. The Folts Foundation purchased the portion between Green and State streets for its expansion program. The village sought funding to fill in the channel and create a greenway in the portions of the property that were village-owned. In 2009, the village was awarded $500,000 in economic stimulus funding for the project. The result was green space, landscaping and paved walkway on the sections from Suiter to East German Street, Green to Folts streets and East German Street to Weber Avenue.