Repairing Locks 3 & 4

 Contractors make adjustments to the downstream gates of lock 3. October 2018.

Contractors make adjustments to the downstream gates of lock 3. October 2018.

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.

As of October 2018 the project is nearing completion. Water is expected to be back in the canal in early 2019.

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