NEAR KAHLOTUS, Wash.—After months of being closed the Columbia-Snake lock gate replacement is finally completed.
The navigation system shut down in December for repairs. After a delay due to the weather, the dams were expected to open last Saturday. However, they opened earlier than planned. Friday at 11:00pm the first shipment went through.
"The vessel that came through the lock was the tide water towboat and rebel, and it was pushing a bunch of cargo containers and another that was full of wood chips," says Gina Baltrusch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Wheat growers and fuel exporters had a year and a half to prepare for the shut down, so the delay did not cause problems.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expects this to be the last big repair for at least another five years.