Kentucky Lock

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Work has completed on the first wave of construction on a new navigational lock at Kentucky Dam.

Crews on Wednesday topped out the last of nine massive concrete monoliths that will make up the walls of the new lock. Those nine were part of a $97 million contract awarded in 2010. A remaining 52 monoliths need to be built, but work hasn’t been contracted yet due to sluggish funding.

John Null/WKMS

A major milestone was achieved Wednesday in the completion of a new navigational lock at the Kentucky Dam.

Crews finished work on the first of 61 massive concrete monoliths that will make up the walls of the lock. Once completed, the new lock will free up the bottleneck in traffic on the Tennessee River.

[Slideshow] Progress on the Kentucky Dam Lock

Jun 5, 2014
photo courtesy of Don Getty

The Kentucky Lock Addition Project is located at Kentucky Dam on the Tennessee River. The project seeks to reduce the average delay time and reduce traffic levels for commercial tows. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte gets an update on its progress from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Project Manager Adam Walker and whether or not the Lock is on course for completion in 2018.

Listen to the conversation: