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Ohio and Erie Canal

Valley View Village, Ohio
County of Cuyahoga.
Ohio 631
National Register Number: 66000607
Resource type: District.
Property type: Transportation - water -related. The threat level was Watch in
Congressional District: OH-11 Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: Part of Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area; See www.nps.gov/cuva.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - November 13, 1966):
Completed in 1832, the Ohio and Erie Canal united Cleveland and Portsmouth, forming part of a system that connected Lake Erie to the Ohio River and gave access to New York, Pennsylvania, and Indiana canals. This system brought rapid growth in population, industry, and commerce to Ohio. The designated section includes locks, an aqueduct, mills, and houses.

The increased number of flood events in recent years continues to cause significant damage to river and stream banks which potentially threatens the canal basin. Ongoing monitoring and stabilization of river and stream banks will continue as needed. Subsidence continues behind the wall of Lock 38 due to water infiltration. Ongoing repairs are being completed to stabilize the grade behind the wall.

Tinkers Creek Aqueduct: The aqueduct is a primary structure on the NHL portion of the canal. The latest rendition of the structure was removed in 2007 due to extensive deterioration. Temporary steel pipes were installed to carry the canal over Tinkers Creek. The associated Towpath Trail bridge was also removed and replaced with a modern pedestrian bridge. Later phases of the project will include replacement of the aqueduct structure with a new design and restoration of the existing sandstone center pier and remaining abutment walls. Riverbank Stabilization: Erosion of adjacent riverbanks continues to threaten the canal. Ongoing monitoring and stabilization of riverbanks continues as needed. Lock 38: A plan has been proposed to repair the sinking areas behind the lock walls through excavation and installation of concrete grout. Repairs are currently underway.

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