Upper Ohio Navigation System Receives $857 Million Investment

Montgomery Locks and Dam receives another round of funding that ultimately helps complete a massive project. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Pittsburgh will receive an $857 million investment from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act. One goal is to build a new 600-foot lock chamber in Montgomery as part of improvements for the Upper Ohio Navigation Project. “This is in addition to another investment that was made some time ago, and the money will continue to come. Right now, in Pennsylvania alone, $17 billion is going to the state of Pennsylvania alone for roads, bridges and airports, ports and waterways,” said White House Infrastructure Implementation Coordinator Mitch Landrieu. On Tuesday, Senator Bob Casey and Congressman Conner Lamb toured the aging Montgomery Locks in Beaver County. This is a place built in the 1930s. In the past, engineers called it unsafe for the safety of locking boats. Another concern was a crack running through the wall that holds the closed cells together. Approximately 15 to 20 million tons of material pass through the Upper Ohio system annually, more than half of which is coal. Lawmakers said the investment would benefit the region and beyond. “We can’t move trade. We cannot move goods unless these locks and dams are repaired, stable and reliable. It affects the whole country,” Casey said. “We all want downstream manufacturing because of the Shell plant, we want other companies to come in and create more jobs right here and what we want them to hear when they look at these sites is this region acting together in terms of infrastructure,” said Congressman Conner Lamb. Construction on the Montgomery Lock is expected to be completed in more than a decade, at the end of 2034.

Montgomery Locks and Dam receives another round of funding that ultimately helps complete a massive project.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Pittsburgh will receive an $857 million investment from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act.

One goal is to build a new 600-foot-long lock chamber in Montgomery as part of improvements for the Upper Ohio Navigation Project.

“This is in addition to another investment that was made some time ago, and the money will continue to come. Right now, in Pennsylvania alone, $17 billion is going to the state of Pennsylvania alone for roads, bridges and airports, ports and waterways,” said White House Infrastructure Implementation Coordinator Mitch Landrieu.

On Tuesday, Senator Bob Casey and Congressman Conner Lamb toured the aging Montgomery Locks in Beaver County. This is a site built in the 1930s.

In the past, engineers called it a safety hazard when blocking boats. Another concern was a crack running through the wall that holds the enclosed chambers together.

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

Lawmakers said the investment would benefit the region and beyond.

“We can’t move trade. We cannot move goods unless these locks and dams are repaired, stable and reliable. It affects the whole country,” Casey said.

“We all want downstream production because of the Shell plant, we want other companies to come in and create more jobs right here and what we want them to hear when they look at these sites is that this region has its act together in terms of infrastructure ,” said Congressman Conner Lamb.

Construction on the Montgomery Lock is expected to be completed in more than a decade, at the end of 2034.

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