Ridgeway in Orleans County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Medina Culvert
The original culvert was dismantled in 1854 and rebuilt in 1855 on the Enlarged Canal's new alignment nearby. Forty years later it was substantially altered during the Nine Million Dollar Improvement of 1895.
The construction of the New York State Barge Canal (1905-1918) widened and refaced the road culvert and, however unknowingly, conserved this unique structure, preserving its historical significance for future generations. Cars and trucks continueto [sic] use the Medina Culvert today. [caption] Reconstruction of the south facing of the Medina Culvert in 1908.
Culverts were designed and built throughout the Erie Canal system to channel strams and stormwater under the canal and into the river. This avoided the possibility of undermining the canal or flooding its banks. Essentially, culverts sered as cut stone water drains with an opening at either end, although some, like the one at Solay, were double culverts. The largest exceeded 150 feet in length. [caption] View today of the entrance to the Medina Culvert. For more information
[captions] Engineer's plan of the Arch Culvert, a cut stone culvert from the Enlarged Erie Canal. The dive culvert at Port Byron, New York. Culvert at Chenango, 1855. A double culvert at Solvay.
Erected by New York State Canals.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Erie Canal marker series.
Location. 43° 14.148′ N, 78° 20.429′ W. Marker is in Ridgeway, New York, in Orleans County. Marker is on Culvert Road (County Route 35) ¼ mile south of Portage Road when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is about several feet off-center and atop the culvert on the Canalway Trail (Erie Canal Heritage Trail on Google), which is the towpath. The marker can be seen from Culvert Road southbound, but certainly cannot be read from the road. Marker is in this post office area: Medina NY 14103, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Culvert Road (a few steps from this marker); Unlock the Adventure (approx. 1.6 miles away); 1st Religious Society (approx. 1.7 miles away); Burial Ground (approx. 1.9 miles away); Millville 1815 In Honor of Our Departed Comrades (approx. 2.3 miles away); Earliest Church (approx. 2½ miles away); The Last Blacksmith Shop in Orleans County (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ridgeway.
Also see . . .
1. Medina Culvert - The Travels of Tug 44. (Submitted on March 27, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Driving under the culvert - You Tube. 34 seconds. Rock soundtrack. (Submitted on March 27, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
3. The Canalway Trail. (Submitted on March 27, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
Categories. • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 27, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 214 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 27, 2015, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.