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Posted 6/11/2012

Release no. 12-163


The US Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District is advising the navigation industry and recreational boaters that work is continuing at Dashields Lock and Dam on the Ohio River until June 22.

 

 The Pittsburgh District’s Repair fleet is installing an upgraded interlock system on the locks control system. The interlock system is designed to prevent inadvertent and unsafe gate and valve operation that has resulted in catastrophic events at other Ohio River Locks. In addition, repairs will be made to the miter gates and upstream bullnose armor due to general wear and deterioration. The large lock chamber will be closed during the work. The smaller chamber will remain open but boaters should expect major delays.

 

Boaters and commercial navigation are encouraged to contact Dashields Lock and Dam prior to arriving at the facility. Information concerning lockages will be broadcast by radio on Channel 13.

 

Pittsburgh District’s 26,000 square miles include portions of western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, eastern Ohio, western Maryland and southwestern New York. Our jurisdiction includes more than 328 miles of navigable waterways, 23 navigation locks and dams, 16 multi-purpose flood control reservoirs, 42 local flood protection projects and other projects to protect and enhance the Nation’s water resources, infrastructure and environment.

 

For media inquiries, contact the Public Affairs Office at 412-395-7500 or email: celrp-pa@usace.army.mil.