C and O Canal Big Slackwater Bridge Replacement

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Date: February 18, 2014
Contact: Daniel Copenhaver , (301)745-5818

Williamsport, MD. – The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (C&O Canal) is pleased to announce the replacement of the Big Slackwater Bridge serving the Big Slackwater Boat Ramp. The bridge superstructure and deck will be replaced to improve the bridge's load rating. C&O Canal staff will be working with The Federal Highway Administration and their contractor to remove and replace the bridge over the next 60 days. The road leading to the Big Slackwater Boat Ramp will be closed at the Dam 4 parking lot. Only official traffic will be allowed beyond the park gate.

The park and towpath will remain open during construction. The park is asking the public to stay clear of the immediate work area and obey all posted signs for their safety. The construction is expected to be complete in time for the spring boating season.

Did You Know?

Drawing DaVinci's lock gate design 1485.

Transporting goods and people by canal dates back to antiquity. The lock gates used on the C&O Canal were an adaptation of a design by Leonardo DaVinci in the late 1400's. Until the advent of the railroad, water travel was far superior to land travel.

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