Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tow Boat Traffic Resumes at Ohio Lock after Repair

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Tow Boat Traffic Resumes at Ohio Lock after Repair

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Tow boat traffic was restarted Saturday at a lock near Wellsville, Ohio, five days after it was suddenly shut down due to the failure of a hydraulic system.

While the lock is typically open 24/7, it has been operating on a limited schedule from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. since Dec. 17 thanks to a temporary fix to the hydraulic system that opens the gates to the lock and then fills and empties it of water.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has made an emergency request for $3.8 million in funds to pay for a long-term repair.

The closure of the New Cumberland locks and dam about 8 miles south of Wellsville put a halt to navigation on the Ohio River upstream and downstream of the lock, creating a backlog of nine vessels that were forced to moor along the river waiting for the lock to reopen. …

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