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FACT SHEET (As of September 2012)

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 Kentucky Lock and Dam


US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS                                                                            BUILDING STRONG®

                                                                               FACT SHEET

                                                                        (As of September 2012)

AUTHORIZATION: The Water Resources Development Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-303)

TYPE OF PROJECT: Navigation Lock Project


LOCATION: The Kentucky Lock Addition Project is located at Mile 22 of the Tennessee River in western Kentucky.


CONGRESSIONAL INTEREST: Whitfield, R-KY01; McConnell, R-KY, Paul, R-KY



·   Inland Waterways Trust Fund (Inland Waterways User Board)

·   TVA is the owner of locks and dams on the Tennessee River.  Navigation is managed by the Corps of Engineers.


BACKGROUND: The project includes design and construction of a new 110 feet x 1200 feet lock to be located landward of the existing 110 feet x 600 feet lock.  Three major relocations projects associated with the construction of the new lock have been completed:  1) two mile relocation of US Hwy 62; 2) two mile relocation of P&L Railway; and 3) four new 161 kilovolts transmission towers.


IMPORTANCE: Products originating from or designated to 20 states pass through the system of Kentucky and Barkley Locks, the lower-most locks on the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers, respectively.  Over 90 percent of the commercial tows hauling these products pass through Kentucky Lock instead of Barkley Lock because of difficult and costly navigation on the Cumberland River below Barkley.  Since most of the tows are greater than 600 feet in length, they must perform a time-consuming double lockage to transit through the existing 600 feet long Kentucky Lock.   As a result, Kentucky Lock has some of the longest average delay times of any lock in the inland waterway system – delays that range from five to seven hours.  Construction of a new 1200 feet lock would eliminate the delay time in the near term and drastically shorten it for forecasted traffic levels past the year 2020.  Based on updated benefits and costs, the project has a BCR of 2.1 at 7 percent.


·   The $57 million ARRA Upstream Lock Monoliths contract is 61 percent complete. 

·   The $103 miilion Bridge Superstructure contract is physically complete.

 BUDGET ($): Estimated project costs are shown below.



Total Estimated Cost


     Federal – General Appropriations


     Inland Waterways Trust Fund



Funding Data

     Allocation thru FY 2011 (Fed-General Appropriations)


     Allocation thru FY 2011 (IWTF)


     Allocation for FY 2012 (Fed-General Appropriations)


     Allocation for FY 2012 (IWTF)


     Balance to Complete


     President’s Budget for FY 2013


                                          Note: Federal allocation totals include $88,404,720 in ARRA funding



Completed Work:  Transmission Tower, Highway, and Railroad relocations are physically complete.  Upstream Cofferdam construction is complete.

FY 2012 Scheduled Work: Continued work on Upstream Lock Monoliths construction

FY 2013 Scheduled Work: Continued work on Upstream Lock Monoliths construction

Completion: If funded efficiently, the lock construction is estimated to be completed in 2018; however, funding delays will lengthen the project end date.


For more information regarding the Kentucky Lock Addition project, contact Adam Walker, CELRN-PM, phone: (615) 736-5666, email:

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