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Background informationProject Created: November 30, 2018

Project Name: Locks-Dam 52 and 53 Replacement (Olmsted Locks and Dam)
Year in Operation: 2018
Sector: Transportation
Subsector: Port, Transportation Terminal
Status: In Operation
Type: New Facility
Description: Major upgrade and replacement of two 90 year old locks and dams on the Ohio River, located 17 miles upstream from the Mississippi River between Kentucky and Illinois (at Ohio River mile 964.4. The project consists of two 110-foot X 1200-foot locks adjacent to the Illinois bank, and a dam comprised of five tainter gates, 1400 feet of boat-operated wickets and a fixed weir. The new structure will allow Locks and dams 52 and 53, which were completed in 1929, to be demolished. The twin 1,200 foot lock chambers were built in a dry cofferdam and completed in 2004. The dam was constructed using the "in the wet" method in which giant shells were cast on land and then placed in the river by barge.
Delivery Method as described in the country where it's located: Design Bid Build
Is the project still active: Yes

Project Locations

Address: New Dam Rd
City: La Center
State: Kentucky
Country: United States of America

Souces of Project Support (Non-monetary)

Checkbox Checked Access to Land: Project is on a navigable river of the United States - the Ohio River. Waterway is controlled by Congress under the United States Constitution.
Checkbox Checked Environmental Clearance: Army Corps of Engineers

Souces of Project Support (Monetary)

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From Public (Government) Sources to Producers: The total cost of design and construction of the project is approximately $3 Billion. Approximately half of this amount ($1,556 M) was funded by direct appropriation by Congress. Half of the cost was paid from the Inland waterways Trust Fund account ($1,526 M). The Army Corps of Engineers estimated that the average annual net benefits from the completed project is $640 Million per year.

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Direct Cash Support: The project is the largest US Army Corps of Engineers project since the Panama Canal. AECOM was the engineer. Washington Group the Contractor. The dam structure is massive.

Project Delivery & Finance Method

Project Delivery:
Design Bid Build/Construction Management at Risk (All Public Finance). Public Sponsor contracts for initial design, and separately contracts for initial construction. Public Owner operates and maintains the resulting facility.
Construction Manager At Risk Variants: Public Sponsor contracts with Construction Contractor after Design is Complete.

Procurement Approach

Project Component
Based Selection
Request for
Request for
for Bids

Term for Key Components & Forms of Contract

Project Component
Initial Design and Construction
Mandatory Statutory Form
The project has been delayed for many years for lack of funding. 

Project Value (If and As Known)

Date of Estimated Project Value: October 1, 2018
Project Value
Hard Cost
Hard & Soft Costs
Pre-Feasibility (Public Sponsor Expense)
> $50 Million US
$25-100 Million US
$25-100 Million US
$1-5 Billion US
$1-5 Billion US
$2-10 Billion US
$2-10 Billion US


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