Thursday, May 1, 2014

Meanwhile, on the upper river ...

The Pittsburgh District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has released its draft feasiblity report and integrated environmental impact statement on a study of how to solve problems with inadequate locks and rapidly deteriorating concrete and equipment at the Emsworth, Dashields and Montgomery locks and dams, all in the first 32 miles of the Ohio River below Pittsburgh.

The full report can be found here by clicking on the link. You get a 378-page PDF. I don't have time to read the whole thing this afternoon, so I'll copy and past this part from PDF Page 23 (report page 19): 

This analysis has determined that Plan LMA 7 delivers the largest positive average annual system net benefits (i.e. the NED Plan), is the preferred plan accounting for Corps evaluation criteria and is environmentally acceptable.Therefore Plan LMA 7 is recommended for implementation. This plan involves the construction of a new 110’ x 600’ river lock as soon as possible to replace the small auxiliary river lock at each site and retention of the existing land chambers with Reactive Maintenance. 

The Project Cost, prepared at a greater level of detail than the screening level costs presented earlier, through the use of the Corps Microcomputer Aided Cost Estimation System (MII) and contingencies that incorporate risk factors is $2,143,687,000.

 Construction would begin in fiscal year 2019.

As noted above, I haven't read the whole report, and I have to get back to a freelance assignment after eating lunch. It will be interesting to see how this plays given the money pit that is Olmstead and how Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., appears to be protecting Olmstead.

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