Locks and Dams

Allegheny Lock 2 Reopens After Wall Repair

The busiest recreational lock on the Allegheny River reopened November 14 after months of repair work that began August 5. During the work, the lock chamber was open several times with restrictions for limited use. About 3,000 recreational boaters a year use it.

The armored concrete wall of the 80-year-old lock had suffered from what one Corps official called “severe deterioration.” After years of requests, the Pittsburgh Engineer District finally got the $6.6 million it needed to repair the wall. The district negotiated the time of the closure with the Pittsburgh Waterways Association, representing the river transportation industry, to minimize impacts to commercial users.