By David G. Barber
There is both good news and bad news on the
canal front. First, the bad news. Eastern upstate
New York as well as
has been receiving huge amounts of rain. As a result, flood
conditions exist on the eastern Erie Canal and the waterway is
closed east of Syracuse. As of this writing, the extent of
damage is unknown and won’t be until the floods recede. This is the
same area that was hit hard by Hurricane Irene two years ago.
has also been badly impacted by rain and Lake
is at near flood stage. That’s unusual for this time of year. What
the effect is on the
Canal is unknown to me.
But, there is also good news. On the
Delaware and Hudson Canal,
Cliff Robinson has been leading a team of volunteers opening up the
towpath between Cuddebackville and Westbrookville and beyond.
Recently, they erected a 66 foot long by 5 foot wide fiberglass
bridge over a towpath gap just north of Port Orange Road.
Such bridges are custom designed and fabricated, but they can be
assembled by volunteers with hand tools. The cost was about $50,000
with engineering, surveying, footings, shipping and the bridge
pieces. An end view of the bridge is attached. I hope to get more
photos when I travel through the area next. The group continues to
work on the towpath and on a parking area at Westbrookville.
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