Annual inspection of Erie Canal underway

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The annual inspection of the Erie Canal is underway.

Inspectors aboard the Tug Syracuse are checking out locks, bridges and other structures along the historic waterway. The annual inspection is required by law and will take about two months.

Brian Stratton, Director of the NYS Canal Corporation, said, “Our canal is an economic engine. It generates some $380 million every year in tourism spending along the canal.”

This tradition dates back to 1825, when Governor Dewitt Clinton departed from Buffalo aboard the Seneca Chief to mark the opening of the Erie Canal. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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