Congressman Black Visits Nashville Corps’ Kentucky Lock Addition Project

Nov 1, 2012 Issues: Economy and Jobs, Energy
Congressman Black Visits Nashville Corps’ Kentucky Lock Addition Project

GALLATIN, TN - Congressman Diane Black (TN-6) toured the Nashville Corps’ Kentucky Lock Addition and received informational briefings on the project.

“From transporting commerce to producing hydro-energy, this operation impacts the 6th District in important ways. For instance, many of the vessels that will benefit from this addition project deliver commerce to middle Tennessee including coal for the Gallatin Steam Plant. The current lock uses a dated system where barges and boats spend up to 3 hours in the lock which causes commercial vessels cost-consuming delays. The new system will cut down on the delays and create a smoother and more efficient system for the users of the lock so they can reach their many destinations faster,” said Congressman Black.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District, has the primary responsibility for designing and constructing the project and will operate the lock once it is complete. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is an active partner in the new lock as well. The 6th Congressional District of Tennessee includes or touches the Nashville Corps District’s Center Hill, Cordell Hull, Dale Hollow, Old Hickory, J. Percy Priest and Cheatham Lakes.