By Paul J. Gough - Reporter, PBT
Pittsburgh-based Joseph B. Fay Co. on Tuesday received a $30 million contract from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to remove the Monongahela River Locks and Dam 3.
Dam 3, which is located in Elizabeth, is one of the three oldest working navigational complexes on the Mon River. The other two are in Charleroi and Braddock.
The Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District said in a news release that the locks and dam will be removed beginning in mid-2024 as part of its Lower Monongahela River reconstruction project that also encompasses a construction of a lock chamber near Charleroi and a replacement dam along the river in Braddock.
"Removing this facility creates 30 miles of unimpeded navigable waterways for everyone navigating the river between Charleroi and Braddock," said district mega-project manager Steve Fritz. "This is a major milestone for the Lower Monongahela River project. Once the dam is completely removed, the project will generate nearly $200 million of average annual benefits for the region and the nation."
The locks in the lower Mon are vital to commercial shipping on the river and also are near the sources of water plus recreation. The Army Corps said a separate contract given in June is related to the Dam 3 removal. It’s the building of 73 fish reefs that will provide habitat that will be lost when the dam is removed.
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