Oswego Canal Bridge Clearances

There are a total of 17 bridges, guard gates, and pipelines spanning the Oswego Canal between the Erie Canal Junction and the open waters of Lake Ontario. In addition there are numerous overhead cables and high tension wires.

The least vertical clearance on the Oswego Canal at normal pool level is at bridge (#O-13 and #O-13A) with a clearance of 21 feet 1.8 inches. At maximum pool level, the least vertical clearance will be found at the Lock #O2 Footbridge, #O-7A, and the Minetto Road Bridge (#O-10) at 20 feet 0 inches.


There are 2 operating bridges on the Oswego Canal. These bridges are the Culvert Street Bridge (#O-4) and Access Road Bridge (#O-7B.)

Bridge Clearance Table

In the table below is a list of these bridges from Three Rivers Junction at Belgium, NY northward to Oswego, NY. It also lists the vertical clearances available at both the normal and maximum pool levels.

Oswego Canal - Bridge Clearances

* "Normal pool" connotes crest height (Barge Canal Datum) of controlling fixed or movable dam for given level.

* Red Type indicates least vertical clearance.

    Normal Pool Level Maximum Pool Level  
Bridge Structure Bridge Number Pool Height Vertical Clearance Pool Height Vertical Clearance Bridge Type
Lock 1 Cable Bridge O-3A 352.80’ 33’ 4.8" 357.50’ 28’ 84" Utility
Culvert Street O-4 352.80’ Unlimited 357.50’ Unlimited Bascule
Pipeline Bridge O-4A 352.80’ 25’ 0" 357.50’ 20’ 3.6" Utility
Hinmansville O-5 352.80’ 24’ 10.6" 357.50’ 20’ 2.2" Fixed
Lock 2 Footbridge O-7A 352.80’ 22’ 9.7" 355.61’ 20’ 0" Footbridge
Access Road (O2) O-7B 352.80’ Unlimited 355.61’ Unlimited Swing
SR 3 O-8 335.00’ 39’ 10.8" 342.40’ 32’ 6" Fixed
Lock 3 Cable Bridge O-8A 308.00’ 32’ 3.3" 310.90’ 29’ 4.5" Utility
Oneida Street O-9 308.00’ 28’ 2.4" 313.00’ 23’ 2.4" Fixed
Minetto Road O-10 308.00’ 24’ 4.8" 312.40’ 20’ 0" Fixed
Lock 5 Footbridge O-10A 290.00’ 24’ 9.2" 294.00’ 20’ 9.2" Footbridge
Lock 6 Footbridge O-10B 270.00’ 27’ 3.9" 275.00’ 22’ 3.9" Footbridge
Lock Road (O7) O-11 255.83’ 21’ 8" 256.70’ 20’ 9.6" Fixed
Utica Street O-12 255.83’ 35’ 0.8" 256.70’ 34’ 2.4" Fixed
Pedestrian Bridge O-13 255.83’ 21’ 1.8" 256.70’ 20’ 3.3" Fixed
Cable Bridge O-13A 255.83’ 21’ 1.8" 256.70’ 20’ 3.3" Utility
Bridge Street O-14 244.95’ 26’ 6" 248.95’ 22’ 6" Fixed

This table can be downloaded for your personal and private use. The table is in Adobe .PDF format and zipped to reduce download times.

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