Albany road construction affects fisherman

Posted at: 04/22/2013 6:27 PM
Updated at: 04/22/2013 6:34 PM
By: Beth Wurtmann

ALBANY - When Bob Eager arrived at the Corning preserve for some fishing, he was in for a surprise. More than half the public parking spaces were taken.

“Everybody is entitled to usage of the river, but their making it very difficult for the man that has a motorized boat,” he said.

The reason for the squeeze - construction on the 787 overpass. Leading the state transportation department to move the three rowing clubs that store their equipment into prime parking grounds. Setting up a showdown between rowers and anglers when striper bass season kicks off at the end of the month.

Dick Adair with the The Irish Rowing Club says they had to relocate their shells, along with the Shaker rowers and the Albany Rowing Center, all so equipment or people would be hurt by falling debris during re-surfacing of the road. But fishermen question: why did rowers get so many parking spots.

“There might be 100 rowing personnel and 50 fishermen trying to use the same place with half of the space available for them,” he said.

Bob Eager also other groups like fishermen should have had input in the parking moves, including runners and bikers who access the preserve. He says before the stripers make their way up the river, the state should make room for everybody.