olmsted locks and dam project

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.

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  Waterway advocates are optimistic about the state of funding for construction on two major lock and dam projects aimed at improving river traffic in the region.

US Army Corps of Engineers

It was 1987 when the Corps of Engineers formally recommended to Congress that a new dam be built near Olmsted, Illinois. The Olmsted Locks and Dam would replace old wicket dams between Paducah and Metropolis and between Joppa and Olmsted. It's a massive project in an erratically flowing river. The locks were finished long ago. Today, we get an update on the building of the dam and learn more about the controversial construction method being used for the dam, called "in-the-wet." Kate Lochte speaks with Olmsted Division Chief Mike Braden of the Louisville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Listen to the conversation:

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul says he’s confident another partial federal government shutdown won’t occur when the stopgap deal that reopened the government expires in January.

Paul made his comments in Murray as he visited western Kentucky Monday, for a series of events.

Courtesy: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official says the Olmsted Locks and Dam Project near Paducah was headed toward a cost-and-scheduling “catastrophe” before the increased spending authorization was approved last night as a part of the deal to reopen the federal government.