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Lock and Dam 8 to reopen March 17

Published March 3, 2014
The lock chamber at Lock and Dam 8, near Genoa, Wis., is dewatered in order to perform an extensive list of preventative maintenance. Rehabilitative work like this happens about every 20 years on each Mississippi River lock and dam within the St. Paul District from Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam in Minneapolis to Lock and Dam 10 in Guttenberg, Iowa. The Corps began dewatering the lock Dec. 3 in order to complete the necessary work around March 8. The anticipated cost of this project is $3.8 million. Lock and Dam 8 was last dewatered in 1992.

The lock chamber at Lock and Dam 8, near Genoa, Wis., is dewatered in order to perform an extensive list of preventative maintenance. Rehabilitative work like this happens about every 20 years on each Mississippi River lock and dam within the St. Paul District from Upper St. Anthony Falls Lock and Dam in Minneapolis to Lock and Dam 10 in Guttenberg, Iowa. The Corps began dewatering the lock Dec. 3 in order to complete the necessary work around March 8. The anticipated cost of this project is $3.8 million. Lock and Dam 8 was last dewatered in 1992.

Jim Rand, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, Lock and Dam 8 lockmaster, left, and Joe Schroetter, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District,project manager, discuss the winter maintenance at Lock and Dam 8, near Genoa, Wis., Jan 14.

Jim Rand, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, Lock and Dam 8 lockmaster, left, and Joe Schroetter, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District,project manager, discuss the winter maintenance at Lock and Dam 8, near Genoa, Wis., Jan 14.

Scott Uhl, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, maintenance and repair section supervisor, monitors work at Lock and Dam 8, near Gonoa, Wis., Jan. 14. The Corps is currently dewatering the lock to perform major maintenance on the lock gates, concrete and bubbler systems.

Scott Uhl, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, maintenance and repair section supervisor, monitors work at Lock and Dam 8, near Gonoa, Wis., Jan. 14. The Corps is currently dewatering the lock to perform major maintenance on the lock gates, concrete and bubbler systems.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, announced that Lock and Dam 8, near Genoa, Wis., will reopen March 17.

The facility was originally scheduled to reopen March 10, but thick ice conditions indicate that navigation will not begin on the Upper Mississippi River soon, allowing work crews more time to complete scheduled maintenance.

The lock and dam was closed for renovation and maintenance Dec. 2, 2013. During the closure, the lock is dewatered to perform the work. Scheduled maintenance includes repairing concrete; repairing, sandblasting and painting the miter gates and replacing the bubbler system.

The nearly 650 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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