President Barack Obama's proposed 2014 federal budget would give the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ $163 million dollars for the Olmsted Locks and Dam project. The budget still needs to be authorized by congress. Corps of Engineers spokesman Jon Fleshman said finishing the projects as soon as possible is a priority.
The Army Corps of Engineers is ahead of schedule with its construction of the Olmsted Locks and Dam project. The Corps placed five concrete shells for the dam so far in 2012, and expects to finish a sixth by the end of the year. Previously workers have only completed 4 shells per year.