June 15–The Army Corps of Engineers’ recently approved 2018 work plan will bring more than $154 million of projects to western Kentucky’s lakes and waterways, including some in Daviess County.
The plan approved Monday funds improvements to Kentucky’s dam and lock systems for commercial purposes, work on lakes and impact studies of environments around waterways.
“The Army’s Civil Works FY 2018 work plan provides funding to start, continue, and complete studies and construction projects that will get dirt moving to better the lives of Americans, their infrastructure, economy and environment,” Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works R. D. James said in a press release.
About $3.75 million was approved for locks and dams on the Green and Barren Rivers, including Green River Lock and Dam #1 near Spottsville.
The plan also includes $56.6 million for the Ohio River Locks and Dams system, including Cannelton Lock and Dam across the river from Domtar Paper. More than $6 million will be used for routine maintenance such as dredging and updates of navigation charts, environmental impact and mitigation measures, and state water quality studies.
Some projects will also take place at popular lakes in the region.
Rough River Lake in Breckinridge, Grayson and Hardin counties will see a $4.3 million project aimed at resolving encroachment issues and completing a federal government real estate acquisition report in the area.
Kentucky Lock and Dam, adjacent to Lake Barkley near the confluence where the Ohio River flows into the Tennessee River, will also be the site of an overall $12.2 million project.
Don Getty, project manager, said the work stands to not only impact the local economy, but will open up commerce throughout the country.
“The pending Downstream Lock Excavation contract is a $25 million to $100 million contract that is a critical component in the completion of the Kentucky Lock Addition project,” Getty said in an email. “Once complete, the Kentucky Lock Addition project will add a new navigation lock at Kentucky Dam that will drastically increase the efficiency of commercial navigation at this site. The computed benefits to the nation are on the order of $100 million per year upon project completion.”
Getty said there aren’t any anticipated restrictions for land or water-based vehicles, accept for brief vessel restrictions during rock blasting.
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