The Champlain Canal is a 60-mile (97 km) canal that connects the south end of Lake Champlain to the Hudson River in New York. It was simultaneously constructed with the Erie Canal. The construction started in 1818 and the canal opened (officially) in 1823. The I.A Hodge & Co. won the contract to build Lock # 2. The company won the contract to construct the concrete lock chamber, the approach walls, the powerhouse, the storehouse, and the steel truss access road bridge. The excavation started in late November 1910.