WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is dedicating $110.1 million to the Kentucky Lock and Dam project in its Fiscal Year 2021 Work Plan. According to the Army Corps, the Kentucky Lock’s shipment delays are among the longest in the country, hindering the more than $5 billion worth of commodities that flow through the lock every year.
Once completed, the new lock addition will essentially eliminate these delays well into the future.
The USACE Work Plan also included $8,750,000 for major rehabilitation at the Rough River Lake Dam. According to the Army Corps, a 2012 safety report on the existing dam called for structural improvement to lower the risk of flooding to surrounding homes and communities.