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Fairport-E.Rochester Post
  • Section of Erie Canal to reopen today

  • A 20-mile section of the waterway in the Albion area had been closed since late July.

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  • A 20-mile section of the Erie Canal will reopen today following extensive repairs to restore partial collapse of the canal embankment.
    The section of the Erie Canal in Albion has been closed since July 30 when leaks resulted in a large sinkhole on the southern side of the embankment.
    The breach in the embankment was caused by multiple fractures in the culvert pipe beneath the canal and associated concrete wall.
    Work to repair the damage, including replacement of a 90-foot-long section of culvert pipe, had been proceeding around the clock since the incident.
    The breach in the canal embankment was discovered on July 30 by a Canal Corp. maintenance supervisor when he checked the site of an ongoing project. He stopped two vehicles from driving into the sinkhole in the road moments later.
    Within an hour of the discovery, guard gates were closed in Holley and Albion to isolate the damaged area so water could be drained in order to facilitate the repair work.
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