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.