WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD) announced today that the Catoctin Aqueduct restoration project will receive $2.7 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to begin the restoration of the historic structure. Located in Lander, Frederick County, the Catoctin Aqueduct was first erected in the early 1800s by the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Company to carry the canal over major tributaries of the Potomac River.
The National Park Service (NPS), in partnership with the Catoctin Aqueduct Restoration Fund, Inc., and the Community Foundation of Frederick County, Inc., has completed the final design of the restoration project.
“I strongly supported this project because of the historic significance of the Catoctin Aqueduct to our region and the importance of directing recovery dollars into programs that will have a regional impact and that will create jobs for Marylanders,” said Senator Cardin, a member of the Senate Budget Committee. “This restoration also will help stimulate tourism and development as more people come to view the site at which the C&O Canal and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad first competed to cross Catoctin Creek, a major tributary of the Potomac.”
The Aqueduct was a three-arch structure with a center elliptical arch. It is one of 11 stone aqueducts along the 184-mile C&O Canal, and the only one that lies in ruin. The structure deteriorated after closure of the canal operations in 1924. It had a major failure in 1973 when the weakened structure partially collapsed into Catoctin Creek.