Portions of river, canal closed due to Phoenix Dam emergency repairs

The Oswego River between the village of Phoenix and city of Fulton, seen above, is closed to navigation due to emergency repairs at the Phoenix Dam, New York State Canal Corporation and Oswego County Sheriff's Office officials announced later Friday night.

UPDATE 8:28 p.m.

Canal Corporation officials say emergency repairs on the Phoenix Dam have been completed. Work on permanent repairs will continue in the coming days. Locks O-1 and O-2 will re-open at 7 a.m. tomorrow (Sunday, June 16).


PHOENIX — The Oswego River and portions of the Oswego Canal have been closed to boat traffic between the village of Phoenix and city of Fulton as crews conduct emergency repairs on the Phoenix Dam.

New York State Canal Corporation officials at approximately 9:54 p.m. Friday night announced the closure of locks O-1 and O-2 on the Oswego Canal due to a portion of the Phoenix Dam, known as a tainter gate, needing immediate attention.

Tainter gates control water flow at the Phoenix Dam and the Canal Corporation ordered the repairs and closure of the waterways “out of an abundance of caution.”

Shortly after midnight, the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office announced the Oswego River would also be closed and “no boats of any size will be allowed on the river until further notice” between Phoenix and Fulton.

Canal Corporation officials said contractors had been dispatched to begin repairs. Crews will first install a steel-sheeted coffer dam, which officials describe as a “temporary structure that allows water to be pumped out so repairs can be performed safely.”

“It is expected the coffer dam will be in place in two to three days,” said a release from the Canal Corporation.

Assisting the Canal Corporation in the effort are the Oswego County Emergency Management, village of Phoenix, Army Corps of Engineers and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, according to the release.

This story is developing and will be updated.

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