- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 25, 2018

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) - Commercial traffic along the Mississippi River that halted in Dubuque will resume following temporary repairs to part of a lock and dam.

Dubuque’s Lock and Dam No. 11 is reopening Wednesday after being closed since Tuesday morning, The Telegraph Herald reported .

A routine inspection uncovered cracks at a mitre gate connection point, which is a mechanism controlling the lock’s water level, said Aaron Dunlop, the operations manager for the Mississippi River Project with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“The crews were able to make those temporary repairs in a safe way and were able to expedite the process,” said Allen Marshall, spokesman for the Rock Island District of the Corps. “It is pretty impressive what they were able to do, given that it was just over 24 hours ago when it had to be closed.”

The repairs are temporary and permanent fixes will need to be made soon, he said.

“I don’t have an exact timetable for when that will occur, but I know they are evaluating how to get those repairs done and what the timeline is for doing them,” Marshall said.

The brief closure came less than two weeks after navigation on the river fully opened for the season.

Nearly 6,000 vessels passed through the lock and dam in 2016, according to Corps figures.


Information from: Telegraph Herald, http://www.thonline.com

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