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Root in Montgomery County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Dam. That's Not a Bridge?

 
 
Dam. That's Not a Bridge? Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, September 7, 2016
1. Dam. That's Not a Bridge? Marker
Inscription. 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.
 
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. Touch for map. Marker is at a new rest area for I-90
Dam. That's Not a Bridge? Marker, Dam & Lock 13 image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, September 7, 2016
2. Dam. That's Not a Bridge? Marker, Dam & Lock 13
The tracks on the opposide bank of the river are CSX Transportation, the former New York Central Railroad water-level route, hosting Amtrak trains.
westbound travelers between exit 28 (Fultonville) and exit 29 (Canajoharie). The rest area is at Lock 13 on the Erie Barge Canal. It officially opened on August 11, 2016 at 11:30 am. Marker is in this post office area: Fultonville NY 12072, United States of America.
 
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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Root.
 
Categories. Waterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 9, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 8, 2016, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 105 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 8, 2016, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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