LOUISVILLE, KY – The Fiscal Year 2011 President’s budget transmitted to Congress Feb. 1, 2010, includes $136 million for the Olmsted Locks and Dam project, Olmsted, Ill., under construction at Ohio River Mile 964.4 and $5.4 million for the ongoing rehabilitation of the Markland Locks and Dam, Warsaw, Ky. These are projects managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District.
Olmsted is among the highest performing construction projects funded in the FY11 budget because of its large economic benefit to the nation. It will replace two 76-year-old structures on the lower Ohio River—Locks and Dams 52 and 53. This strategic reach of the Ohio River provides a connection between the Ohio, Tennessee, Cumberland and Mississippi rivers. The area is described as the “hub” of the waterway system. More tonnage passes this point than any other place in America’s inland navigation system.
The operations and maintenance budget received approximately $72 million for operation and maintenance of locks and dams on the Ohio River and the district’s flood damage reduction lake projects.
In general, the budget funds water resources projects that provide high economic and environmental returns on the nation’s investment.
“The budget keeps the Army Corps of Engineers moving forward as we continue to build and reinvest in infrastructure to support economic growth, restore ecosystems and achieve public safety,” said Louisville District Commander Col. Keith A. Landry.
The FY11 budget press book is available at http://www.usace.army.mil/CECW/PID/Pages/cecwm_progdev.aspx.
Release no. 10-001