Olmsted Locks and Dam

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Olmsted Locks and Dam
OlmstedRendering08 2012.jpg
Rendering of Olmsted Locks and Dam.
LocationFlag of the United States.svg Pulaski County, Illinois / Ballard County, Kentucky USA
Coordinates37°11′02″N 89°03′49″W / 37.1838°N 89.0635°W / 37.1838; -89.0635Coordinates: 37°11′02″N 89°03′49″W / 37.1838°N 89.0635°W / 37.1838; -89.0635
Construction beganDecember 1995
Opening date2020 (Scheduled)
Construction costEstimated $2.918 billion
Dam and spillways
Height62 feet (19 m)
Length2,596 feet (791 m)
ImpoundsOhio River
 
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Olmsted Locks and Dam
OlmstedRendering08 2012.jpg
Rendering of Olmsted Locks and Dam.
LocationFlag of the United States.svg Pulaski County, Illinois / Ballard County, Kentucky USA
Coordinates37°11′02″N 89°03′49″W / 37.1838°N 89.0635°W / 37.1838; -89.0635Coordinates: 37°11′02″N 89°03′49″W / 37.1838°N 89.0635°W / 37.1838; -89.0635
Construction beganDecember 1995
Opening date2020 (Scheduled)
Construction costEstimated $2.918 billion
Dam and spillways
Height62 feet (19 m)
Length2,596 feet (791 m)
ImpoundsOhio River

The Olmsted Locks and Dam is a locks and concrete dam project currently under construction on the Ohio River at river mile 964.4 to replace Locks and Dam 52 and 53 to greatly reduce tow and barge delays. The locks are located about 17 miles upstream from the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers at Olmsted, Illinois. The lock chambers, completed in 2002, are 110 feet (34 m) wide and 1,200 feet (370 m) long.[1]

According to the US Army Corp of Engineers, the new dam and locks will reduce passage time from 5 hours currently to under 1 hour with the new system.

Aerial photo of the Olmsted Locks and Dam project, May 2012

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  1. ^ "Olmsted Locks and Dam - Project Description". U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 

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