Utica Harbor open for the first time in 30 years

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - For the first time since 1980, the lock in the Utica Harbor is open.

However, now the real work begins. Since the lock hasn't been used in 30 years, the water is too shallow for navigation. Dredging has started and will continue over the next few months.

The Department of Environmental Conservation will oversee everything that may come out of the canal. The State Canal Corporation says revitalization, along the waterway is happening all over New York, but it's going to take hard work.

"Repairs include everything from the concrete counter waves which have not been used in over 30 years, to the tower structure...machinery repairs, alignment, re-wiring, guide-rail repairs, you name it," said Carmella Mantello, New York State Canal Corporation Director of Canals.

Once complete, boats will be able to easily pass through. In addition, multi-use trails will be created.

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