$1.1 million repair planned to prevent Montgomery Lock and Dam failure

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Aug. 03–The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $1.1 million contract for repairs to keep the Montgomery Lock and Dam on the Ohio River from failing.

The money will cover temporary repairs to a cracked and unstable portion of the structure, which has a 50 percent chance of failing by 2028 without the fix, according to a Corps news release. Failure would halt the massive amounts of coal, oil, sand, gravel and other aggregate materials that move along the river each day.

“This vital effort to reduce the risk of failure at Montgomery Lock and Dam will help ensure that we are providing safe and reliable navigation, which greatly contributes to the regional economy,” Col. Andrew Short, Pittsburgh District commander, said in the release.

The repairs, expected to start later this year, will take about one and a half years, according to the release.

The Corps is in the midst of the engineering phase of an anticipated $2.7 billion overhaul known as the Upper Ohio Navigation Project. The Corps expects to build new 110-foot-wide by 600-foot-long lock chambers at the Emsworth, Dashields and Montgomery facilities as part of that project. Those structures are six to eight decades old.

The Corps awarded the contract for the repairs to C. J. Mahan Construction Company, of Columbus, Ohio.

Wesley Venteicher is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Wesley at 412-380-5676, wventeicher@tribweb.com or via Twitter @wesventeicher.

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