Lift bridges, guard gates, waste weirs would get elevated historical status.
Tom Rivers, Editor, Orleans Hub www.orleanshub.com
The Erie Canal gets a lot of attention from preservationists and heritage-minded New Yorkers. But the Barge Canal, which opened in 1918 as an enlarged and deeper Erie Canal, may soon get some recognition.
The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor wants the Barge Canal to be recognized on the state and national registers of historic places. The New York State Board for Historic Preservation is scheduled to vote on the Barge Canal application on June 12.
“We want to elevate its importance,” said Jean Mackay, director of communications and outreach for the Corridor. “This would be another layer of recognition.”
Congress in 2000 declared the canal as a National Heritage Corridor, one of 49 such areas in the country.