ASHLAND CITY, Tenn. (Aug. 8, 2014) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District announced today that it is offering public access to Cheatham Navigation Lock beginning Aug. 11, 2014. The lock will be accessible to visitors seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Sept. 30, 2014.
The Corps restricted access to the lock following Sept. 11, 2001 as a security precaution, but district officials now support allowing the public into these areas to foster better community relations and to let people see how the lock facilitates movement of commerce within the U.S. Inland Waterway System.
“After more than a decade of significant restrictions, we are excited to be able to reopen the locks to the public during daylight hours,” said Lt. Col. John L. Hudson, Nashville District commander. “We are committed to balancing the need for security with the interest people have in visiting the facilities and watching boats lock through the dam, as they move up and down the Cumberland River.”
Cheatham Lock is one of four locks located on the 300-plus navigable miles in the Cumberland River Basin. It is a single chamber measuring 110-feet wide and 800-feet long. During normal lake levels, the lock will lift a boat 26-foot from the river below the dam to the lake above the dam. The average tonnage of all commodities transported through the lock is over 9 million tons, which equates to approximately 4,851 loaded barges and 4503 empty barges in 2013. The major commodities are coal, sand, and petroleum. There are approximately 612 lockages for recreational traffic each year.
Cheatham Lock is open to pass navigation traffic 24 hours-a-day, 365 days a year. The lock is located at 1799 Cheatham Dam Road, Ashland City, TN, 37015-9805. It is also located at mile 148.7 of the Cumberland River in Cheatham County. Public restrooms are available during visiting hours. For more information please contact the lockmaster at 615-792-4349 or Cheatham Lake Resource Manager’s Office at 615-254-3734.
(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 http://www.facebook.com/nashvillecorps and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/nashvillecorps. The public can also visit Cheatham Lake’s Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cheathamlake.)