LOCKPORT, N.Y. (AP) - Work is set to begin on a multi-million-dollar project to restore the more than 150-year-old system of old Erie Canal locks in a western New York community.
The Buffalo News reports that work on the first phase of restoration of the mid-19th-century structures in Lockport is scheduled to begin this week.
Known as the Flight of Five, the five canal locks in Niagara County acted as stairs for vessels traversing the Niagara Escarpment north of Buffalo.
The stone locks were built in the 1840s onto the original wooden locks' foundation constructed two decades earlier. Electrically operated locks replaced the old locks in the early 20th century.
The Flight of Five is a major tourist draw for Lock port and local officials say the restoration project will boost the area's tourism business.
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