Bushnell's Basin Docks Removed for Repairs

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Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 5:51pm

The damaged boating docks on the Erie Canal at Bushnell’s Basin were removed today so an engineer can inspect the damage and get them repaired and back in the water as soon as possible.

The docks were damaged over the winter when ice formed in the Canal before the water could be drained. When the water level was finally lowered, the weight of the ice tore the connections between the docks apart, making them unsafe to use. The weight of the ice that had formed around the entire docks structure was no longer supported by the water level underneath, breaking the connections between the dock sections, connections to the land - known as dead-men anchors - and the sanitary pump-out lines, water supply lines, and electrical conduit connections below the decking of the docks.

The damaged docks were noticed by local residents and business owners, Dick and Karen Steamer. They immediately informed the town of the issue and a crew was dispatched to the assess the problem. The docks were immediately closed.

The docks had to be carefully floated down the Canal to the gravel parking area just west of the docks along New York State Route 96, toward Pittsford. Once there, the sections of the dock were detached from each other and lifted out of the water, placed on a flat trailer and transported to the Park Operations Center on Cobbs Lane. The engineer will inspect the damage there.