- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

ST. JOHNSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - Some of the Locks along New York state canal system are undergoing repairs in preparation for the opening of the waterways this spring.

The Daily Gazette of Schenectady reports (https://bit.ly/1GfOlCJ ) that crews are completing pump-outs at several locks on the Erie and Champlain canals.

Canal Corp. Director Brian Stratton says pump-outs are extensive repair and replacement projects typically conducted about once every decade at each lock to ensure they’re in good working condition.

Stratton got a look at the work wrapping up Tuesday at the drained lock in St. Johnsville, on the Erie Canal 50 miles northwest of Albany. During pump-outs, crews clear debris and repair the steel and wood hinges that open and close the gates.

Other locks being repaired include two Champlain Canal locks in Saratoga County at Mechanicville and Schuylerville.

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Information from: The Daily Gazette, https://www.dailygazette.com/


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