Morgantown Lock and Dam

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Morgantown Lock and Dam
Morgantown Lock and Dam.jpg
Location Morgantown, West Virginia
Coordinates 39°37′10″N 79°58′03″W / 39.61944°N 79.96750°W / 39.61944; -79.96750Coordinates: 39°37′10″N 79°58′03″W / 39.61944°N 79.96750°W / 39.61944; -79.96750
Construction began 1948
Opening date 1950
Operator(s) U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District

Morgantown Lock and Dam is a navigational lock and a gated dam on the Monongahela River at Morgantown, West Virginia. It is part of a series of dams that canalizes the Monongahela to a depth of at least 9 feet (2.7 m) for its entire length from Fairmont, West Virginia to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Pittsburgh District.

Morgantown has a single lock chamber located on the left-descending river bank. The dam's upper pool extends 6.0 miles (9.7 km) upstream to Hildebrand Lock and Dam, with its 11.2-mile (18.0 km) downstream pool being formed by Point Marion Lock and Dam.


Construction on Morgantown Lock and Dam began in 1948 and was completed in 1950.[1] It replaced old Locks 10 and 11, timber crib structures installed in 1897-1903.

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