Olmsted Locks and Dam
|Olmsted Locks and Dam|
Rendering of Olmsted Locks and Dam.
|Location||Pulaski County, Illinois / Ballard County, Kentucky USA|
|Construction began||December 1995|
|Opening date||2020 (Scheduled)|
|Construction cost||Estimated $2.918 billion|
|Operator(s)||United States Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District|
|Dam and spillways|
|Length||2,596 feet (791 m)|
|Height||62 feet (19 m)|
The Olmsted Locks and Dam is a locks and concrete dam project currently under construction on the Ohio River at river mile 964.4 to replace Locks and Dam 52 and 53 to greatly reduce tow and barge delays. The locks are located about 17 miles upstream from the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers at Olmsted, Illinois. The lock chambers, completed in 2002, are 110 feet (34 m) wide and 1,200 feet (370 m) long.
According to the US Army Corp of Engineers, the new dam and locks will reduce passage time from 5 hours currently to under 1 hour with the new system.
- "Olmsted Locks and Dam - Project Description". U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Retrieved 1 November 2013.