Root in Montgomery County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Dam. That's Not a Bridge?
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.
Erected 2016 by New York Thruway Authority / Canal Corporation.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Erie Canal marker series.
Location. 42° 55.026′ N, 74° 26.794′ W. Marker is in Root, New York, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Interstate 90 at milepost 187 and Lock 13 Living History Rest Area. Click for map. Marker is at a new rest area for I-90
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Transportation is King / Modernization (within shouting distance of this marker); Then and Now (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); This Is Mohawk Country (approx. 1.4 miles away); Volkert Veeder (approx. 2.7 miles away); Site of The Battle of Oriskany (approx. 3 miles away); Herkimer Home - 1764 (approx. 3.1 miles away); Mohawk Area (approx. 3.1 miles away); Johnson Hall - 1763 (approx. 3.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Root.
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 63 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on , by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page was last revised on September 9, 2016.