Repaired Markland lock to reopen March 1

Markland Dam (Source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
Markland Dam (Source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

LOUISVILLE, KY (FOX19) - The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers plans to begin locking Ohio River traffic through the repaired 1,200-foot chamber at the Markland Dam by Monday, March 1.

"The Repair Station did an incredible job braving severe and wretched weather conditions to get this lock back in operation with minimal delays, and they didn't miss a beat," said Col. Keith Landry, Louisville District commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. "These individuals exhibited incredible stamina and a desire to succeed in their mission."

The Repair Station worked two shifts of 12 hours to stay on schedule to open the lock on March 1.

The repair crew will demobilize the site during the weekend. The Markland 1,200-foot lock chamber had been shut down for 155 days since Sept. 27, 2009, when the downstream gate failed due to a mechanical malfunction.

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