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.