Ohio River

Nicole Erwin

When President Trump picked the Ohio Valley as the setting to promote his infrastructure plan, he also drew attention to an overlooked part of the nation’s transportation system: inland waterways. Agriculture, energy, and manufacturing interests all depend heavily on the Ohio’s aging navigation system.

Ohio Valley ReSource

With a speech planned for Cincinnati’s Ohio River waterfront, President Donald Trump has chosen a fitting venue to talk about infrastructure improvements. The Ohio Valley is home to aging highways, bridges, and dams, poor drinking water systems, and weak internet service for many rural residents.

via National Weather Service

 

Counties surrounding the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers are facing high flood levels after the region received several inches of rain over the weekend. National Weather Service Hydrologist Mary Lamb said flood levels are reaching about 35 feet in Smithland and as high as 46 feet further west in Cairo, Illinois.

"Indian Head Rock" BillyMassie, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)

The famous "Indian Head Rock," a historic boulder previously located in the Ohio River, is the subject of an upcoming documentary.

Cliff, via Flickr Commons (CC BY 2.0)

The Belle of Louisville steamboat is getting a new companion vessel. The Belle’s management team and the Louisville Waterfront Development Corporation are purchasing the Georgia Queen based in Savannah. 

123rf Stock Photo

Motorists will start paying tolls on Dec. 30 to cross three Ohio River bridges connecting Kentucky and Indiana.

Aerial Innovations, via WFPL

Officials have announced that the new Ohio River bridge in eastern Jefferson County will open to traffic on Sunday, Dec. 18.

Nicole Erwin | Ohio Valley ReSource

A recent breakdown at an Ohio River dam served as a wake-up call about the aging infrastructure that keeps river commerce flowing. The Ohio is one of the country’s busiest working rivers and some navigation controls are approaching the century mark. Becca Schimmel of Ohio Valley ReSource went to see these ailing structures and a new multi-billion dollar project in the works.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District reopened navigation traffic Wednesday morning at Ohio River Locks and Dam 52 at Brookport, Illinois, after workers successfully raised the dam.

According a news release, the locks at 52 were closed after the dam lost three wickets when their base connections failed and attempts to raise remaining wickets were unsuccessful because of river and dam conditions. The Corps had announced it could take up to seven days to reopen the river to commercial traffic.

US Army Corps of Engineers

A 25-mile section of the Ohio River from Smithland, Kentucky, to Brookport, Illinois, will be closed to shipping traffic later this week for up to four days of emergency repairs. It’s all due to something called a “wicket.”

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