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Minneapolis locks reopening to commercial traffic July 3

Published July 2, 2013
Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam is located in downtown Minneapolis.

Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam is located in downtown Minneapolis.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is reopening its three Minneapolis locks to commercial traffic tomorrow, July 3, at 8 a.m.

While the forecast flows are falling to a point where the locks can safely open for commercial traffic, these three locks are still closed to recreational traffic. The Corps anticipates being able to open these locks for recreational vessels on July 9, providing the weather cooperates.

The Upper St. Anthony Falls and Lower St. Anthony Falls locks and dams in downtown Minneapolis and Lock and Dam 1 next to Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis were closed to recreation traffic June 24 and to commercial traffic June 27.

According to the Corps' Mississippi Valley Division lock and dam regulation manual, the district is required to close the locks because the high flows are unsafe for commercial boats at 40,000 cubic feet per second and recreational boats at 30,000 cfs.

The nearly 700 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, employees working at more than 40 sites in five upper-Midwest states serve the American public in the areas of environmental enhancement, navigation, flood damage reduction, water and wetlands regulation, recreation sites and disaster response. Through the Corps’ Fiscal Year 2011 $175 million budget, nearly 2,800 non-Corps jobs were added to the regional economy as well as $271 million to the national economy. For more information, see www.mvp.usace.army.mil

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Release no. 13-083