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Posted 3/30/2018

Release no. 18-019

Carol E. Vernon
1000 Liberty Avenue

Please join us for a unique opportunity to tour the dewatered main chamber of one of the six major U. S. Army Corps of Engineers’ river facilities on the Ohio River, as we highlight the value of the national inland waterways system and the efforts underway to determine a sustainable investment strategy.


WHO: Stakeholders, Industry leaders, local and state representatives

WHAT: Dewatered lock tour 

WHERE: Dashields Locks and Dam

               100 Dashields Lock Road

   Coraopolis, PA 1518


To check in, please arrive at the parking lot at the Crescent Township Fire Department, 225 Spring Run Road, Crescent, PA 15046 Please see additional instructions below.


WHEN: Check in by 9 a.m. at parking lot. Event: 9:30-11:30 a.m. with tours starting at 10 a.m., Wednesday, April 4 at the lock.


WHY: To provide a rare opportunity to venture down into a dewatered lock chamber and experience first-hand the maintenance challenges of an 89-year-old lock.  The unique 110-foot struts specially manufactured and placed across the chamber highlight the stability issues, which led to the authorization of the Upper Ohio Navigation Project, comprised of the Montgomery, Dashields and Emsworth Locks and Dams.  Learn about this project and the value of the Ohio River as an economic generator for the region.  


RSVP: Space is limited. Please no more than two representatives from each organization. Attendees must RSVP by March 30 by sending full name, address, date of birth, citizenship and a driver's license photocopy with state of issue to the Office of Security and Law Enforcement via email to Stephen Davidson Stephen.Davidson@usace.army.mil or Paul Surace Paul.M.Surace@usace.army.mil or FAX information to 412.395.7173.


Media: Contact the Pittsburgh District public affairs office at 412.395.7500/01/02 for interviews and additional information.

 A Corps-provided shuttle bus will pick up participants in the parking lot and will shuttle them to the locks and dam project site. 

The last shuttle before the event will run at 9:30 a.m. There is NO parking available at the lock and dam site.


The locks and dam tour will include walking thru maintenance areas, on rough, untreated surfaces including stairs. Practical clothing and shoes are required with no open toed or high-heeled shoes. Some areas may be muddy and wet. 


The Corps will provide safety items such as hard hats and personal flotation devices.


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