The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced a $1.6 million rehabilitation project for the Upper Locks on the Saranac Chain of Lakes in the Adirondacks. The project is funded by NY Works and will include necessary maintenance and repairs.
The work on the locks will be completed by Kingsbury Companies of Middlesex, VT, under DEC supervision. Rehabilitation work will include:
- Refurbishing the upstream and downstream miter gate lock doors and wicket (filling/emptying) gates, including replacing all seals and bearings;
- Replacing deck boards on the push decks and lever arms;
- Replacing downstream boat dock and shelter; and
- Replacing concrete deck slabs and repairing concrete lock chamber walls and floor
Rehabilitation work will begin September 18, 2023 and will close the Upper Locks for the duration of the project. Canoes and Kayaks can be carried around the locks to access either lake. The project is expected to be completed in 2024.
Photo: Saranac Lakes Upper Lock in 2010 (courtesy Historic Saranac Lake Wiki).