NR 22-11: Cheatham Lock undergoing series of navigation closures

Nashville District Public Affairs
Published April 28, 2022
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District announces that Cheatham Lock at Cumberland River mile 148.6 is undergoing a series of closures May 16 through Aug. 5, 2022. (USACE Photo by Tadd Potter)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District announces that Cheatham Lock at Cumberland River mile 148.6 is undergoing a series of closures May 16 through Aug. 5, 2022. (USACE Photo by Tadd Potter)

ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. (April 28, 2022) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District announces that Cheatham Lock at Cumberland River mile 148.6 is undergoing a series of closures from May 16 through Aug. 5.  

According to Tadd Potter, Cheatham Lake Resource manager, the lock will be closed

 due to repairs on upper gates and culvert valves. There will be temporary openings to allow navigation passage during the listed phases posted below. During these temporary openings there will not be any restriction.

Maintenance officials indicate that valve work begins 6 a.m. May 16 with six work phases in which the lock will be closed for a period and then open with no restrictions for a period of time.

There are no guarantees recreational boats are going to be allowed to lock through during the open periods.  The Secretary of the Army has established the following priority for passing vessels though locks.

  • U.S. Government Fleet vessels
  • Commercial passenger vessels
  • Commercial tows or vessels
  • Recreational boats

The lock is expected to return to full operation Aug. 5, 2022, after completion of the project. The schedule can change due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather delays, high water, and unexpected mechanical issues.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but are doing our best to provide as much information about this maintenance effort and lock closure as possible so boaters and barge traffic that move up and down the river can plan accordingly,” Potter said.

(The public can obtain news, updates and information from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District on the district’s website at www.lrn.usace.army.mil, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nashvillecorps and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nashvillecorps. The public can also follow and receive Cheatham Lock updates at www.facebook.com/cheathamlake.) 


Contact
Bill Peoples
615-736-7161
chief.public-affairs@usace.army.mil

Release no. 22-009