December Joint Dinner Meeting
Hosted by Erie-Niagara Chapter NYSSPE
in association with the Buffalo Chapter ASCE
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Flight of Five Locks Historic Rehabilitation – 1.5 PDH
Mr. Donald Nims, PE
Director of Quality Assurance and Risk Management at Bergmann Associates, Project Manager for the Flight of Five Project, and Past President of NYS Society of Professional Engineers
6766 Transit Rd.
Williamsville, NY 14221
5:30 PM - Cocktails and Registration/Cash Bar
6:00 PM – Dinner
6:45 PM – Speaker
8:15 PM – Conclusion
New York Strip Steak (12oz.)
Horseradish Crusted Atlantic Salmon Filet
Potato, Seasonal Vegetables
Coffee or Tea
Register and pay (optional) online at www.erieniagarape.org/events
or call Ed Murphy, PE at 716-380-0687.
Registration and failure to cancel within 48 hours of the event is a commitment to pay.
At the location destined to become the City of Lockport, the Niagara Escarpment, presented Erie Canal engineers with the challenge of ascending what amounted to a 75-foot-high rock cliff. No single lock had been built that could handle that lift. Hence, two side-by-side sets of five locks arranged end-to-end, forming a “flight” were constructed. Upon completion in 1825, the locks were considered to be an engineering triumph. By 1910 the southern half of the Flight of Five was replaced by a set of two mechanically-operated locks. The remaining Flight of Five has since received little maintenance and has fallen into disrepair. In 1975, the Flight of Five was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. This session will discuss recommendations for repairs that would restore the Flight of Five to working order with new wooden gates and balance beams as the most prominent features.