Upper Ohio Navigation System receives $857 million investment

Montgomery Locks and Dam is receiving another round of funding that will help finally complete the massive project. The Pittsburgh US Army Corps of Engineers will receive $857 million in investments from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. One of the goals is to build a new 600-foot-long lock chamber in Montgomery as part of the Improvements to the Upper Ohio Navigation Project. “This is on top of other investments made some time ago, and the money continues to come in. Right now, in Pennsylvania alone, $17 billion is going to the state of Pennsylvania, just for roads, bridges, airports and ports and waterways,” White House infrastructure implementation coordinator Mitch Landrieu said Tuesday. , Sen. Bob Casey and Congressman Conor Lamb toured the old Montgomery Locks in Beaver County. It’s a site built in the 1930s. In the past, engineers called it a safety hazard for locking boats. Another concern was a crack running through the wall that held the lock chambers together. holds. An estimated 15 to 20 million tons of material goes through the Upper Ohio system annually, more than half of which is coal. Legislators said the investment would benefit the region and beyond. “We can’t move commerce. We cannot move items until these locks and dams are maintained, stable, reliable. It affects the whole country,” Casey said. “We all want downstream production because of the shale plant, we want other companies to come here and create more jobs, and we want to hear what they see when they look at these sites. Have the region come together on infrastructure,” said Congressman Conor Lamb. Construction for Montgomery Lock is expected to be completed in late 2034, more than a decade from now.

Montgomery Locks and Dam is receiving another round of funding that will help finally complete the massive project.

The Pittsburgh U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will receive $857 million in investments from bipartisan infrastructure legislation.

One of the goals is to build a new 600-foot-long lock chamber in Montgomery as part of the Improvements for the Upper Ohio Navigation project.

“This is on top of other investments that were made some time ago, and the money continues to come in. Right now, in Pennsylvania alone, $17 billion is going to the state of Pennsylvania, just for roads, bridges, airports and ports and waterways,” said Mitch Landrieu, the White House’s infrastructure implementation coordinator.

Tuesday, Sen. Bob Casey and Congressman Conor Lamb toured the old Montgomery Locks in Beaver County. This is a site built in the 1930s.

In the past, engineers called it a safety hazard to shut down boats. Another concern was the crack running through the wall that holds the lock cells together.

An estimated 15 to 20 million tons of material pass through the Upper Ohio system annually, more than half of which is coal.

MPs said that this investment will benefit the region and the region outside.

“We cannot move commerce. We cannot move items until these locks and dams are maintained, stable, reliable. It affects the whole country,’ said KC.

“We all want downstream production because of the shale plant, we want other companies to come here and create more jobs, and we want them to look at these sites and hear that the region has worked together on infrastructure,” said Congressman Conor Lamb.

Construction for Montgomery Lock is expected to be completed in 2034, more than a decade from now.

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