||The National Park Service is in the process of preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the replacement of the Tinkers Creek Aqueduct. The public is invited to provide input regarding alternatives, environmental impact topics and the scope of this EA.
The Tinkers Creek Aqueduct is a functioning component of the Ohio & Erie Canal within Cuyahoga Valley National Park. In 2000, due to the advanced state of deterioration of the existing metal aqueduct, the towpath trail was rerouted onto an adjacent roadway and temporary PVC pipes were installed to allow water to pass through in order to maintain water in the canal. In 2007, the park accomplished Phase 1 of the project. A new pedestrian bridge was installed, the failed PVC pipes were removed, and, through a Memorandum of Agreement with the State Historic Preservation Officer, the historic metal aqueduct superstructure was removed and a revised conveyance system of steel pipes and overflows was installed. This project represents Phase 2 of the work.
The EA will compare a No Action Alternative (status quo) to a Proposed Action Alternative which includes the installation of new aqueduct structure (girder and a new trough), a pile foundation system, the rehabilitation of the abutments and center pier and the removal of the temporary conveyance system of steel pipes and overflows.
Preliminary plans and images depicting the proposed change are avilable to download below.