578 million tons valued at $220 billion were shipped on the fuel-taxed portion of our inland waterways system in 2017. Much of that tonnage travels through some of the 219 locks at 176 sites on the inland waterways system.
The average age of these locks is over 60 years, and 59% of the locks are over 50-year-old design life. 70% of America's locks have exceeded their intended design life.
$16 in annual net economic benefits to the nation are generated by the Corps of Engineers’ Civil Works Mission for every $1 expended.
(Source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
Current high water on the Illinois River will not impact planned lock closures on the Illinois River this summer. “We are still holding to those original dates,” said Tom Heinold, chief of operations for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island District. “That’s probably…Read More View Source
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, is removing the closures to its facilities near the Mississippi River locks and dams from Lock and Dam 2, near Hastings, Minn., to Lock and Dam 10 in Guttenberg, Iowa. The change is effective immediately. The guide walls, loading docks and…Read More View Source
The LaGrange Lock & Dam repair project is still full steam ahead. The COVID-19 pandemic has not slowed the planned closure of the lock & dam scheduled for July 1st to September 30th for full repairs of the lock & dam system. The Army Corps of Engineers is hoping that this summer will be…Read More View Source
LAGRANGE, Ill. — Even the COVID-19 pandemic is not slowing down plans for construction work this summer on locks and dams along the Illinois River. "Everything is moving along very well," said Mike Walsh, chief of locks and dams on the Illinois Waterway for the U.S. Army Corps…Read More View Source
By now, the USNS Comfort has left New York Harbor, where it was deployed to provide additional hospital beds: originally for non-COVID-19 patients from New York’s hospitals. The fact that its full capacity turned out not to be needed is nothing but good news. And it does not detract from…Read More View Source