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Photos: Power Authority crew performs maintenance on Lockport Locks

Photos: Power Authority crew performs maintenance on Lockport Locks

The New York Power Authority performs maintenance on the Lockport Locks. The Erie Canal navigation season opens at 7 a.m. May 21 – weather permitting and subject to Covid-19 protocols.

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I have been a Buffalo News Photographer for the past 24 years and worked previously in Buffalo for the Associated Press and United Press International. I graduated from Buffalo State College in communications in 1985.

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The entire canal will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, although the Lockport locks and the 10 lift bridges in Niagara and Orleans counties will remain available for use on demand through 10 p.m. until Sept. 15.

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Lockport is home to Locks 35 and 34, the two western-most locks on the Erie Canal. The pair of locks raise and lower boats a total of 49 feet up and down the Niagara Escarpment. The 105-year-old locks, which replaced Lockport’s original two sets of five stone locks, received a once-a-decade overhaul this spring to prepare for the opening of the 2019 navigation season on May 17.

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