Erie Overhaul: The New York State Barge Canal

by Jeff Brown, Contributing Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 2015, Vol. 85, Issue 9, Pg. 46-49

Document Type: Editorial


In the early 20th century, when canals across the country were losing their battle with the railroads, the State of New York undertook a massive expansion of the Erie Canal that saved it from obsolescence.

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