Contractors repair the stone walls of lock 4, just west of thomas jefferson street, january 2017.

Contractors repair the stone walls of lock 4, just west of thomas jefferson street, january 2017.

Much of Georgetown’s canal infrastructure is the original 1830s construction. After nearly 200 years, some of it is in need of repair. In 2016 the National Park Service secured funding for the repair of Locks 3 and 4. This work will ensure that the canal can continue to hold water for decades to come without posing a risk to adjacent properties. It also helps maintain the canal as a functioning piece of the region’s flood control plan. Finally, these repairs will allow for the new canal boat to “lock through” as delighted tourists and students witness this impressive feat of engineering.

The construction requires that the DC section of the canal remain drained from October 2016 until work is completed (expected Spring 2018).

For more about the details of the project visit the C&O Canal NHP’s site.