New Erie Canal gates being installed in Lockport

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LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) – New technology is being installed in one of the greatest engineering landmarks of upstate New York.

On Monday, crews brought the first of two gates from a Town of Tonawanda warehouse to the Erie Canal in the City of Lockport. The newly-delivered gates are made to look as if they were brand new in 1840 during the canal’s heyday.

Lockport City Mayor Anne McCaffrey said, “They will be operational this summer, and they will be manually operated, the same way they would have done 100 years ago. Visitors will be able to see how they would have opened or closed the gates by hand, years ago.”

The Erie Canal, which was completed in 1825, is considered a major tourist attraction in the City of Lockport.

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