River closed at Belleville Locks : Time frame to reopen unknown

The Daily Sentinel (Pomeroy, Ohio)

Oct. 25–REEDSVILLE — Both lock chambers at the Belleville Locks and Dam near Reedsville are closed as of Wednesday due to a “crane failure.”

Chuck Minsker with the Huntington District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said that the crane, which was located on a barge in the main chamber, was lifting something minor when it came down across both chambers.

As a result, both chambers are closed until another crane, likely land based, is brought in to remove the first crane.

It is unknown when the chambers could reopen.

No one was injured during the incident which led to the closure.

“This unexpected closure is due to a crane failure that impacts both the main and auxiliary chambers. The duration of this closure is undetermined at this time. Additional Notice to Navigation Interests will be issued once the situation is assessed, and the schedule can be determined,” read a statement on the Huntington District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Facebook page.

Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.

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