US Army Corps of Engineers
Buffalo District

Corps of Engineers to remove intermediate lock gates at the Black Rock Lock

Published Oct. 28, 2014
View of one of the 80-ton intermediate lock gates, Black Rock Lock, Buffalo, NY.

View of one of the 80-ton intermediate lock gates, Black Rock Lock, Buffalo, NY.

Buffalo, NY – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Buffalo District has issued a contact for the removal of two, 80-ton intermediate lock gates at the Black Rock Lock, Buffalo, NY. 

The contract for $247,271 was awarded to Donjohn Marine Co., Inc out of Hillside, NJ.  According to their web site, Donjon’s expertise includes recycling, land and marine demolition, pollution control and remediation, heavy lift transport, marine transportation and landfill remediation/site management.   

Gate removal is scheduled to start Wednesday, October 29, 2014 and be completed Friday, October 31, 2014.

The intermediate lock gates have not been used in over 40 years, since the installation of additional filling and emptying valves in the upper and lower operating gates.  They are being removed because the gates have deteriorated over time and could become a hazard to navigation in the Black Rock Lock.

“The Black Rock Lock is 100 years old this year,” said Ed Gawarecki, USACE Chief, NY-PA Operations & Maintenance.  “Regular preventative maintenance like the gate removal ensures the lock will continue to function as it was designed for years to come.”

The second phase of gate removal will be conducted in early 2015, when the pockets in the lock wall created by the gate removal are repaired.  

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Contact
Andrew Kornacki
716-879-4349
andrew.a.kornacki@usace.army.mil

Release no. 14-012