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    Olmsted Locks and Dam Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Securing the Nation through Infrastructure

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    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Great Lakes and Ohio River Division

    Near the confluence of the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers is where more commerce traverses than any other location on the entire U.S. inland waterways. With Olmsted, economic net benefits to the nation are more than $640 million annually, and the structures will pay for themselves in approximately four years. The Olmsted project consists of two 110'x1,200' locks adjacent to the Illinois bank, and a dam comprised of five tainter gates, 1,400' of boat-operated wickets and a fixed weir. The Olmsted Locks and Dam will eliminate aging structures Ohio River Locks and Dams 52 and 53. There will be a fourfold increase in efficiency as Olmsted provides for a single project with twin 1,200' locks. Reliability will also be significantly increased as the existing locks are decades beyond their designed service life.

    The event includes keynote addresses from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin, Secretary of the Army Dr. Mark Esper, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, Mr. R.D. James, and Chief of Engineers Lt. Gen. Semonite. The ceremony also features the dedication of the Wicket Lifter Keen, and the first commercial lockage through the facility.

    Olmsted's operational achievement represents generations of innovation excellence, more than 45 million labor hours, and stands as an example of the benefits provided to the Nation and the Department of Defense from the work done by USACE on our Nation's critical inland waterways.



    Date Taken: 08.30.2018
    Date Posted: 08.30.2018 22:05
    Category: B-Roll
    Video ID: 622086
    Filename: DOD_105973596
    Length: 01:28:14
    Location: IL, US

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