Locks and Dams

Demolition Set For Former Ohio L&D 53

Blasting will begin in mid-May this year and last through late June 2022 to demolish the former Lock and Dam 53 near Olmsted, Ill.

Daily blasting is expected Monday through Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. with all river traffic being stopped between the Olmsted Dam downstream at Ohio River Mile 964.6 and upstream at Mile 962 during blasting operations, according to the Louisville Engineer District. The safety perimeter will be maintained until an “all clear” has been issued.

C.J. Mahan Construction Company of Columbus, Ohio, the contractor for the demolition, plans to host a public meeting at 5 p.m. May 11 at Olmsted City Hall, 150 N. Front St., to discuss the blasting plan and answer any questions. The demolition involves the property’s marine features, including removal of all lock and dam components.

Initial blasting will include two test blasts, followed by the series of daily production blasts. The Louisville Engineer District said in a news release that it plans to work in close coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard and the navigation industry to keep all those affected informed of the blasting schedule and river traffic procedures.