Lock and Dam 27 near Granite City reopens

9:56 AM, Sep 20, 2012   |    comments
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Granite City, IL (KSDK) - Lock and Dam 27 near Granite City reopened Thursday after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave crews the go-ahead following days of emergency repairs.

Hundreds of barges and dozens of vessels have been stuck on the Mississippi since Saturday, when damage to a protection cell forced the lock to close.

A protection cell is a rock-filled steel cylinder that barges rub against to help them enter the lock.  The protection cell had split, spilling rock into the lock, blocking the passage to vessels.

It cost about $500,000 to removed the spilled rocks.  The damaged protection cell will cost $2 million to replace.

It is expected to take two or three days for the barge backlog to clear Lock and Dam 27.

The closing of Lock and Dam 27 also affected the economy, to the tune of $2.8 million worth of gas costs and late cargo fees.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

KSDK

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