Friday, August 4, 2017

Olmsted Dam on the Ohio River

These notes need a lot more work because I have taken some of my own photos of the work, but I wanted to capture crane posts that were made during construction.

(Update: I have posted my photos that I took after the dam was finished, but it was under high water.)

Dan O'Neal posted two photos with the comment: "A couple more of the platform ringer at Olmsted Dam."
[This 60' ringer is the USACE's Hercules crane.]

Dan O'Neal posted
Platform ringer 632,000# bulkhead on the hook Olmsted Locks and Dam Olmsted, Ill.
Dan O'Neal A Manitowoc fan would be in heaven on this job 1 platform ringer 2 4600, 4 or 5 4100, a 16000 with a luffer a 418 linkbelt, and 2 230 terex crawlers.
Dan O'Neal The platform ringer I think is rated at 700 tons at one time was owned by Lampson they have a series4 and a series3 set up as a clam rig. the s4 is set up as a hook rig, the platform ringer was purpose built I think there were 3 or 4 built no undercarrige geared ring, Ben Stalvey knows more about it than I do.Ben Stalvey 36 ft or 60ft???????????
Ben Stalvey 4 36ft platform ringers
Ben Stalvey 60ft was 6
Dan O'Neal 60'
Ben Stalvey 1 60 ft diameter Ringer S3 also
Dan O'Neal 
TVA had a s4 4600 ringer w/offset cab and 37 boom it was a hoss !
Ben Stalvey Very neat the above machine in this picture is actually a ex American Bridge crane. When it was bought new.
Dan O'Neal It was owned by Lampson at one time. And of course in Lampson livery.
Glenn Johansen posted four photos with the comment: "Happy Labor Day from Olmsted Dam America!"




Micahael Hastings commented on the above posting
Michael Hastings commented on Ben Stalvey's posting
Ben StalveyGroup Admin Very true that sure is one of the platform ringers

Nickie Gibbs posted
A great picture of some work horses some amazing cranes at work at Olmsted Lock and Dam
Ben StalveyGroup Admin neat 4600 very clean 4100Brian Patterson Is this a current picture ?Nickie Gibbs Yes
Glenn Johansen posted
Ok I'm on a roll today.
[It looks like he is raising old fashioned wickets like those used by Dams #52 and #53, which this dam is supposed to replace!]
Chris Coburn commented on Glenn's posting
Glenn Johansen posted
The new look for upcoming lifts. After the load test Tuesday [Sept 26, 2017].
Glenn Johansen 160 now.
Shelley Jones 4600 o n 60 ft ring
James Mike Thomason posted
Just finished putting this big dog together at olmsted lock and Dam today
Ben StalveyGroup Admin Who's 4600 ringer looks very nice
Taylor King Massman's Rig, just left from up here in Little Arkansas.... Broadway Bridge Project....

James Mike Thomason posted three photos. I think the yellow "balls" are filled with water to make a test load. That means the blue one has also recently been assembled.



They have been working on this dam for years. I would thought they would have already brought in the cranes needed to build it. But it was supposed to be done in 2016. So maybe they are throwing more money at it to try to get it finished. They are having to waste money repairing Dam #52 because this dam was supposed to have replaced it in 2016.

Steven Mason commented on James' posting
Steven Mason The barge was listing hard.
James Mike Thomason I know I was standing on the crane
Chris Coburn commented on James' posting

Chris Coburn commented on James' posting
[Three piles of counterweights on that ringer. And those are some of the tallest piles I have seen.]
Glenn Johansen posted
7 years ago at Olmsted Lock & Dam.
Glenn Johansen posted two photos with a comment that is not family friendly so I'll summarize: 779,000 pounds. A 60-foot ringer.

Chris Coburn commented on Glenn's posting
Nickie Gibbs commented on Glenn's posting
Nickie Gibbs commented on Glenn's posting

Nickie Gibbs commented on Glenn's posting
James Mike Thomason commented on Glenn's posting
A video of the lift. (I hope Facebook gave me a permanent URL.) I don't know if it turns so slow because they have to pump water out of tanks in the barge on one side while pumping water into tanks on the other side. Certainly the guys on the end of the ropes can walk faster.

James Mike Thomason posted three photos with the comment: "Assembly is done."
Ben StalveyBen and 4 others manage the membership, moderators, settings, and posts for Manitowoc Crane Enthusiasts. 16000, 2250 and 14000
Riley AndersonRiley and 4 others manage the membership, moderators, settings, and posts for Manitowoc Crane Enthusiasts. Who’s cranes?
James Mike Thomason Two are Stevenson and one is the corps




James Mike Thomason posted
Olmsted lock and dam 2250 14000 4600S4 4100 16000
They must finally be done with Olmsted if they are removing Dam #53, which is just upstream.
Sidney Booher posted
4100w S2 holding a wire saw underwater for the Dam 53 removal. Olmsted, IL
The 4600 S4 and 60' ringer cranes will be auctioned off. It sounds like the USACE didn't maintain the 4600 very well.

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Notes for when I have some time to do some research:

Aug 30, 2018 - In front of a crowd of about 250 elected officials, contractors and industry supporters, the Corps of Engineers formally dedicated Olmsted Locks ...
Jul 31, 2018 - The $3 billion Olmsted Lock and Dam project along the Ohio River will become operational in October after 30 years of construction slowdowns ...

Sep 4, 2018 - After 30 years, $3 billion and 45 million construction work hours, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hosted the ceremonial opening of the ...
Olmsted Dam will replace two of the original locks and dams that were completed in 1929. An AECOM-led joint venture is building the dam in an innovative ...

Jul 29, 2018 - OLMSTED, Ill. (AP) — Army Corps of Engineers officials are expected this fall to partially open new lock-and-dam system on the Ohio River ...

Jun 7, 2019 - People living in McCracken County, Kentucky, and Massac County, Illinois, may start hearing loud noises within the next few weeks.
Nov 7, 2018 - The Olmsted Locks and Dam replaces the aging structures Ohio River Locks and Dams 52 and 53. There will be a fourfold increase in ...

Nov 11, 2016 - A breakdown at an aging dam recently shut down Ohio River traffic and delivered a wake-up call on the economic effects of failing ...

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