Lock and Dam 8 Site Visit

On February 11, 2014 MAFC Program Manager Ernie Perry and CFIRE Executive Director Teresa Adams joined the ASCE NW branch for a site visit of Lock and Dam 8 at Genoa, Wisconsin. This lock is currently¬†undergoing renovation and is completely dewatered, allowing attendees a unique opportunity to see the maintenance on the lock’s miter gates, bubbler system, and walls.
Lock and Dam 8 sees roughly 1500 commercial and 4500 recreational locks during the open-water season that lasts from April to December. The 600-foot lock is undergoing maintenance during the winter while the Upper Mississippi is closed to navigation. This 20-year maintenance doubles the number of USACE employees to more than forty.

Perry and Adams attended this event as part of their work with the¬†Wisconsin Commercial Ports Master Plan and as part of CFIRE’s ongoing support of marine freight in the Mid-America Freight Coalition (MAFC).