Erie Canal closes to boaters on Wednesday at 5 p.m.
The Erie Canal, which opened late this year due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, will close to boaters at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. This will conclude the 196th annual navigational season on the historic waterway.
All recreational and commercial vessel operators should exit the canal by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, the State Canal Corp. said in a notice.
The closure on Oct. 14 will allow Canal Corp. workers and contractors to begin working on a backlog of maintenance projects that were deferred earlier this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic while the weather is favorable, The Canal Corp. said.
The organization is pushing to complete projects ahead of the 2021 season, which is currently scheduled to begin in May barring any unforeseen circumstances.