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Feds award $1.3M toward C&O Canal aqueduct restoration

HAGERTOWN, Md. (AP) — The National Park Service is providing $1.3 million to help restore the Conococheague (kah-nah-kah-CHEEG) Aqueduct in the Chesapeake and Ohio National Historical Park at Williamsport.

The park service said in a statement Monday that the federal funds will be matched with nearly $7.6 million from the state of Maryland.

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Park Superintendent Kevin Brandt says the project is the centerpiece of a plan to create a "premier historical attraction" near the canal's midpoint.

He says visitors will be able to ride a boat through the aqueduct, under a railroad lift bridge and through a working canal lock.

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The aqueduct last carried canal boats over the mouth of the Conococheague Creek in the 1920s. It is one of 11 aqueducts along the nearly 185-mile canal between Cumberland and the District of Columbia.

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