Dam. That's Not a Bridge? Historical

Dam. That's Not a Bridge? Historical (HM1U8E)

Location: Fultonville, NY 12072 Montgomery County
Country: United States of America

N 42° 55.026', W 74° 26.794'

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Mighty floods sweep down the Mohawk almost every spring. Builders of the original Erie Canal recognized the river's power and laid out their artificial waterway well above flood levels. Barge Canal engineers dredged river channels and replaced stone and timber with steel and concrete, but they still had to plan for the awesome power of mohawk River floods. Locks and dams change river levels into stair-steps. Eight distinctive moveable dam structures between Schenectady and Fort Plain were designed to pass high water. While they look like bridges, only two carry roadways. The trusses support a system of gates and uprights that are lowered into the river to form navigable pools during the summer, but are pulled out of the water in winter to clear the way for ice and debris-filled floodwaters.
HM NumberHM1U8E
Series This marker is part of the Erie Canal series
Year Placed2016
Placed ByNew York Thruway Authority / Canal Corporation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 8th, 2016 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 545170 N 4751757
Decimal Degrees42.91710000, -74.44656667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 55.026', W 74° 26.794'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 55' 1.56" N, 74° 26' 47.64" W
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Area Code(s)518
Closest Postal AddressAt or near I-90, Fultonville NY 12072, US
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