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Lower Monumental Dam Lock Closed Wednesday

by Staff
Tri-City Herald, June 23, 2011

(Andy Porter) Tour participants look over the edge of Lower Monumental Dam's cavernous navigation lock during a tour. It was a rare opportunity to see the structure almost completely empty of water. The navigation lock at Lower Monumental Dam near Kahlotus was closed to recreational boats Wednesday after loose concrete was discovered on the wall at an existing repair site inside the lock.

A section of aging concrete that is more than 40 years old has a history of cracking in recent years, creating potentially unsafe conditions for boats, said the Army Corps of Engineers.

Two of three phases of repairs to the site already are complete, with planning for the final phase under way.

Commercial vessels will be able to use the lock while repairs are in progress, but may experience some delays.

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Extended Navigation Lock Outage US Army Corps of Engineers

Lower Monumental Dam Lock Closed Wednesday
Tri-City Herald, June 23, 2011

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