Kentucky River Lock & Dam Dredging Gate

Location: Gest, Kentucky
Owner: Kentucky River Authority
General Contractor: Brayman Construction Corp.
Value: $4 Million
Date Complete: November 2012

Originally built from 1836-1842 to support a 23-mile long pool of water, Kentucky River Lock #3 was constructed of a timber crib structure. This structure consisted of an outside frame of timbers filled with dirt and rock, while the original lock was stone masonry. Lock #3 was shut down in 2007 due to mechanical and structural problems.

The Kentucky River Authority awarded Brayman the $4M, five-month contract. This project was a continuation of the Kentucky Lock & Dam #3 project that Brayman completed in late 2011, and includes simultaneous work at Locks 1, 3 and 4.

Brayman performed demolition of the existing concrete approach wall at Lock 1, replacing it with a sheet pile wall. Additionally, at Locks 3 and 4 Brayman completed the following:

  • Dredging of approaches and lock chambers

  • Removal of gates, steel repair, repainting and resetting

  • Timber seal replacement at quoin posts, miters and sills

  • Gate anchorage and pintle replacement

  • Various masonry repairs

Completion of the project made all locks on the Kentucky River operational, thus allowing recreational boaters access between Frankfort, KY, and the Ohio River.