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Blasting work on Lock 6 begins

Nearly $15M project to be complete in 2010

Mike Vierling, engineering geologist for the state Thruway Authority, looks into the concrete chamber of Erie Canal Lock 6 prior to blasting a section of the chamber in Waterford on Monday. Wires for the explosives used for the blasting lie in the background.
Photographer: Barry Sloan
Mike Vierling, engineering geologist for the state Thruway Authority, looks into the concrete chamber of Erie Canal Lock 6 prior to blasting a section of the chamber in Waterford on Monday. Wires for the explosives used for the blasting lie in the background.
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The Erie Canal’s Lock 6 is getting a $14.9 million face-lift, and blasting began this week. “They are blasting the concrete chamber walls, which are in desperate need of repair, and the walls will be resurfaced.” said Carmella Mantello, director of the New York State Canal Corp. Two blasts are expected to occur each weekday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., and this will go on about two weeks. State officials said no disruption to ...


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