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For Release: Wednesday, September 28, 2016

DEC to Close Lower Locks on the Saranac Lake Chains at End of Columbus Day Holiday for Extensive Repairs and Rehabilitation

Locks will Reopen in Spring 2017

The Lower Locks on the Saranac Lake Chains will be closed until Spring 2017 beginning the end of the Columbus Day Holiday, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today.

Boaters should have their boats on the desired side of the locks before dark on October 10 or they will need to transport their boat by trailer. Boats upstream of the locks can be removed from the water at the Second Pond Boat Launch along State Route 3. Boats downstream of the locks can be removed from the water at the Lake Flower Boat Launch in Saranac Lake.

Two contractors - Friend Construction and Dow Electrical, both of Malone, NY - will work under DEC direction to repair and completely rehabilitate the locks. Work will include:

  • Rehabilitation of the wicket doors at each end of the locks, replacing all seals and bearings;
  • Rehabilitation of all fill and release doors, replacing seals and slides;
  • Complete replacement of the hydraulic system with a simpler system including hydraulic arms, lines and operating system;
  • Repair of the concrete walls; and
  • Replacement of all tie downs, ropes, and other equipment.

The upgrade will cost $1.2 million of New York Works funds. Through Governor Cuomo's NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative, an effort to improve recreational opportunities and boost tourism activities throughout the state, the state has invested $10 million in NY Works funding to infrastructure repairs at fish hatcheries and 50 new land and water access projects such as boat launches, hunting blinds, hiking trails and parking areas.

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