Canal Culvert reopens after most huge icicles knocked down

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 20 November 2014 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers
RIDGEWAY – The Canal Culvert was closed to motorists last night and early this morning while crews used sledgehammers to knock down most of the huge icicles inside the tunnel under the Erie Canal.

Highway workers also spread lots of salt inside the culvert overnight and it did its job, loosening up the ice and making the section of the road passable, Ridgeway Highway Superintendent Mark Goheen said.

The Culvert was reopened at about 9:30 a.m. Goheen said he has contacted the Canal Authority, which owns the Culvert, about removing the ice inside.

The canal closed for the season on Wednesday. It is currently full of water but the waterway will soon be drained. Once most of the water is out, Goheen said “the leaking should be down to a minimum.”