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  • Conveyor belt system to move cargo at Soo Locks raises questions Detroit Free Press Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and U.S. Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland, led the letter to Army Corps brass, again urging quick completion of a study into proposals to build a new shipping lock at Sault Ste. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet; Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn; Dan Kildee, D-Flint Township, Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield; Sandy Levin, D-Royal Oak; Paul Mitchell, R-Dryden; Dave Trott, R-Birmingham; Fred Upton, R-St.
  • Corps of Engineers says Thurmond Dam failure won't happen The Augusta Chronicle Dam Safety Program Manager Lucia Newberry said, "Thurmond Dam along with Hartwell and Russell which are upstream from Thurmond, are all constructed differently than the dam in California. Our dams are all solid concrete down to bedrock." Newberry noted that the Oroville dam in California has been fighting erosion issues.
  • Oroville Dam Crisis Shows Why We Must Invest In Infrastructure The Huffington Post Its flood control systems have transformed the valley into one of the most fertile agricultural zones in the world. The nation’s dams, which are 52 years old on average, earned a D grade from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Jerry Brown (D) asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to declare a major disaster and provide $162 million in aid to repair damage caused by the heavy storms in January.
  • River commerce depends on aging, often broken Coast Guard cutters for navigation St. Louis Post-Dispatch Feb. 04--Five Coast Guard cutters are charged with marking navigation channels on major rivers from roughly the St. Louis, which normally would be covered by the Coast Guard cutter Cheyenne. But the Cheyenne's crane was broken -- it sat out of commission along the St.
  • Corps racing to reopen Columbia, Snake to river traffic on time Tri-City Herald Snake and Columbia rivers navigation systems," benefiting the entire Northwest, Delarosa said. Ice Harbor Dam's navigation lock opened to river traffic in 1962 and has been opened and closed more than 96,000 times since. The downstream lift gate, weighing 720 tons, was replaced in 1995 and the wire ropes were replaced in 2012. Current work on the downstream hoist machinery includes replacing a 2.5-ton overhead service crane with a 4-ton crane; replacing the shafts for...
  • Candidates talk issues at North Augusta forum The Augusta Chronicle Feb. 03--Candidates for North Augusta municipal offices spent a lot of time at Thursday night's forum talking about the city's future. Brannon and Pettit square off directly for the mayor's race. There are three seats open on council and four candidates running.
  • Texas officials drafting wish list for potential infrastructure funding windfall Houston Chronicle Powerful, persistent storms the past two years soaked streets, stranded drivers who risked a high-water ride and lost.
  • Wright: Multimodal transportation key Messenger-Inquirer Wright told the group that 182 trucks enter and leave the riverport every day. Cargo also constantly arrives and leaves on rail cars and river barges. From all this commerce, the riverport has annual revenues of $12 million to $14 million and each year the riverport invests about $5 million into its operations.
  • Shuster set to address infrastructure needs at Congressional hearing The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review By comparison, Emsworth and Dashields had a combined 203 closures amounting to 658 hours, Army Corps data show. Tom Fontaine is a Tribune-Review staff writer.
  • Army spokesman can't confirm Montgomery locks project on Trump's radar Beaver County Times ...a dire need for repairs at the lock and dam facilities on the Ohio River, especially because Montgomery, Emsworth and Dashields are the three oldest and smallest locks on the entire Ohio River system. Of those, Montgomery is in the most urgent need of repairs. "As far as Montgomery, it's probably our lock of most concern because it has a vertical crack that runs the length of the middle wall, and it's threatening to destabilize that wall," Hawk said. "If that wall were to fail, it would...