The Cayuga-Seneca Canal divides this town, literally. There are the Ovid Street, Veterans and Bridge Street bridges (aka as the George Bailey bridge) for people and drivers to get from one side of town to the other.
But many a pedestrian are known to take the shortcut near Lock CS-2/3, which connects the southern side of town near Washington Street with the northern part near the old Sylvania television factory.
With recent work at the hydroelectric plant near the canal — namely the installation of new fencing and gates — has come the fear that crossing the canal by foot may no longer be an option.
Julie Smith-Galvin, a spokeswoman for plant owner Gravity Renewables, says that is not necessarily the case. Access may be restricted in certain situations, but for now the gates remain open for the most part.
Gravity Renewables acquired the Seneca Falls and Waterloo hydroelectric plants in September 2016. The Colorado-based company owns and operates small hydroelectric plants nationwide; in New York it also owns the Chittenden Falls, Stillwater and Mill Pond facilities.