Blasting begins for larger lock
Posted: Thursday, July 22, 2010 9:23 pm
LAKE CITY, Ky. (AP) — Blasting is getting under way to double the size of the lock at Kentucky Dam.
Project manager Don Getty at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office in Nashville told The Paducah Sun a larger lock will reduce the time it takes for barge tows on the Tennessee River to go through it.
Contractors will blast away about 145,000 cubic yards of limestone with detonations scheduled twice a day, Monday through Saturday, through November.
During the last two months, crews have stripped away soil, exposing the limestone to be removed.
The Corps will stop river and road traffic within 1,500 feet prior to each detonation and an air horn will sound a warning three minutes before each blast.
Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com
Published in The Messenger 7.22.10