As a part of the Dam Safety Program, members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District conducted a periodic inspection of Allegheny River Lock and Dam 9, located in Templeton, Pennsylvania, Oct. 8.
All project features were inspected, including the 56-foot wide by 360-foot long lock chamber, nearly 2,000 feet of concrete walls, and all operating equipment.
A boat was used for inspection of the upstream and downstream riverbanks, the dam, and to access the private hydropower facility along the right abutment.
On Oct. 9, project personnel at Lock and Dam 6 received the results of the inspection. Periodic inspections of flood risk management and navigation projects are conducted on five-year intervals to document the projects’ condition and are used as a budgeting tool to prioritize funds to address critical needs.
Lock and Dam 9 is the most upstream navigation project on the Allegheny River, and is currently open to commercial traffic, by appointment only.