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All lift bridges, locks now operating on canal system

Photo by Tom Rivers: A vehicle drives over the Main Street lift bridge in Albion on Friday evening. Orleans County has seven of the 16 lift bridges on the canal.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 July 2020 at 9:57 am

The State Canal Corp. announced on Friday that all lift bridges and locks are now operating for the navigation season on the Erie Canal.

The Canal system is scheduled to close to navigation on Oct. 14. Maintenance was delayed this spring due to Covid-19 with canal crews operating at a reduced capacity and construction suspended.

The boating season was scheduled to open on May 15 but that was pushed back to June 26. This year is the 196th season the canal is open.

While all the locks and lift bridges are open on the Erie Canal, the state continues to work on locks on other sections of the canal system: Lock C-12 (Whitehall), Lock O-7 (Oswego) and Lock CS-2/3 (Seneca Falls).

The Whitehall lock on the Champlain Canal is expected to open on Aug. 10. The lock in Oswego on the Oswego Canal is expected to open on Aug. 10. The lock in Seneca Falls on the Cayuga-Seneca Canal is expected to open on Aug. 3.

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