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Technical Tour

Lower Monongahela Lock & Dam Tour

Wednesday, September 18, 12:30–5:30 p.m.

US Army Corps of Engineers staff will give a tour of the Lower Mon Project. The Lower Mon Project replaced the nearly 100-year-old fixed-crest dam at Braddock Locks and Dam with a gated dam, will remove Locks and Dam 3 in Elizabeth, PA and construct two new larger locks (Charleroi Locks) at Locks and Dam 4 in Charleroi, PA.

Pre-registration is mandatory; no substitution is allowed due to security restrictions. All tour attendees need to have a security screening. Attendees will be contacted after registration to provide the necessary personal information for the screening. US citizens must register by August 30, 2019 and non-US citizens must register by August 16, 2019.

Tour tickets are $30/attendee (must be registered for the conference to attend). Attendees will be able to earn professional development hours (PDHs) by attending the technical tour. Buses will depart from the conference hotel. Closed-toe shoes and government-issued ID are required.

COL Short, Commander of the Pittsburgh District will lead discussion about inland navigation as seen through the Locks and Dams 2, 3 and 4, Monongahela River (Lower Mon) Construction Project. COL Short's presentation will be followed by a tour of ongoing construction at Charleroi Locks and Dam (L/D 4) on the Monongahela River.

Charleroi Locks and Dams construction work is one phase of the $2.7 billion Lower Monongahela Construction mega-project. Funding limitations have stretched the construction of this project from 10 years to more than 30 years. COL Short and team will share the challenges and victories in maintaining river traffic through ongoing construction and in communications with stakeholders, which have been strengthened. They will also share issues and lessons learned constructing a project to a limited funding stream and over an extended construction period.

Tour Schedule

12:30–1:15 p.m. | Introduction and Overview by Pittsburgh District Commander COL Short at Conference Hotel (all conference attendees are welcome)

1:15–1:30 p.m. | Buses Load and Depart

1:30–5:30 p.m. | Tour (pre-registration required)

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