Bushnell's Basin has docks ready for use in Canal

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Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 4:21pm

A portion of the Bushnell’s Basin boat docks on the Erie Canal are back in the water and ready for boater use for the Labor Day Holiday weekend.

The structural damage sustained to Docks 7-12 has been repaired and they were floated into place behind the Canal Walk Plaza on Thursday (August 30). Because electric, water and sewer hook-ups are not currently available the docks are only available as day docks. The Town Board announced use of the docks is free to the public for the rest of the Canal season.

Remaining docks will be in place later this fall, with all amenities (electric, water and sewer hook-ups) repaired for the 2019 boating season.

Perinton Supervisor Mike Barker and the Town Board said they were proud of the team effort from all the Town Departments involved in the reconstruction of the docks.

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 dock structure was no longer supported by the water level underneath, breaking the connections between the dock sections, and the connections to the land. The sanitary pump-out lines, water supply lines, and electrical conduit connections below the decking of the docks were also damaged.

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 assess the problem, and the docks were immediately closed.

The docks were removed from the Canal on June 7 so an engineer could inspect the damage.

Dock Hardware, which specializes in floating dock systems, repaired docks 7-12 and is currently working on the remainder of the docks.

Upgrades were made to the structural components of the docks to help prevent this type of failure from happening in the future.