Historic Erie Canal locks to be restored in Lockport

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WIVB) — A project that has been in the works for years is getting a boost with additional funding from New York State.

An effort in Lockport to restore all the historic Erie Canal locks in the area is continuing with the locks known as the “Flight of Five” locks. Once complete, investments into the locks are expected to attract a total of 230,000 visitors each year and $17 million in revenue for the City of Lockport.

The cost doesn’t outweigh the benefit — officials say the project will cost about $10 million. When initially designed, Lockport had two staircase style locks, but designers removed one in favor of a pair of steel locks.

The locks currently are used as a spillway, or to control water flow.

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