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Repair work set for dam

The Paducah Sun

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is monitoring river conditions for repair of multiple consecutive wicket holes at Locks and Dam 52.

The dam repair contractor has buoys attached to anchors located 1,000 feet above the navigational pass. These buoys restrict navigational pass width on the Kentucky side to 825 feet from the 600-foot chamber wall. Anchors and buoys will remain in this location until the repairs are completed in the navigational pass, according to the corps.

Updated notices to navigation will be issued as conditions change. When river conditions are conducive, the contractor will attach to anchors and be positioned in the navigational pass to support repairs.

Advance notification will be provided for intermittent navigation closures at Ohio River Mile 938.9 via email distribution and navigation industry committee conference calls.

The contractor will begin installing permanent anchor points above the dam starting Wednesday. Anchor points will allow the contractor to move across the dam more quickly.

The contractor will have an additional crane with pile driving equipment 1,100 feet upstream of the dam. Anchor installation will take about a week per anchor depending on river conditions.

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