Friday, August 4, 2017

Olmsted Dam on the Ohio River

Google Map still has the same image in Aug 2020.

Satellite accessed Jan 2021
The floating guide walls are still visible, but the lock walls are submerged.

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.
The USACE had successfully pioneered the in-the-wet construction technique with the Braddock Dam That dam was finished in 2004. But I suspect that the currents in the Monongahela River are slower than those in the lower Ohio River.)

Near the confluence of the Mississippi, Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers is where more commerce traverses than any other location on the entire U.S. inland waterways. With Olmsted, economic net benefits to the nation are more than $640 million annually, and the structures will pay for themselves in approximately four years. The Olmsted project consists of two 110’ x 1,200’ locks adjacent to the Illinois bank, and a dam comprised of five tainter gates, 1,400’ of boat-operated wickets and a fixed weir. The Olmsted Locks and Dam will eliminate aging structures Ohio River Locks and Dams 52 and 53. There will be a fourfold increase in efficiency as Olmsted provides for a single project with twin 1,200' locks. Reliability will also be significantly increased as the existing locks are decades beyond their designed service life.

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.

Massman Construction Co. posted two photos with the comment: "This #throwbackthursday shows Massman’s Manitowoc 4600 Ringer installing a 340-ton operations and maintenance bulkhead at the Olmsted Locks. The phases of the larger Olmsted program that Massman participated in were completed within budget and on or ahead of schedule, with one contract winning a Associated General Contractors of America Build America Award.  Massman’s fleet of company-owned equipment provides unsurpassed value to both public and private project owners, with floating crane capacities up to 600 tons. @ Olmsted Locks and Dam"


Massman's project web page contains six photos with the comment:
This unique project for the US Army Corps of Engineers featured construction of four floating approach walls for the Olmsted Dam on the Ohio River. The walls are concrete pontoons up to 350 feet long that were built in a dry graving yard 50 miles upstream from the project and towed to the job. At the jobsite, the walls are anchored in place with a guide system that is founded on 10-foot-diameter drilled shafts.
Operating and Maintenance Bulkheads – On a separate contract at the same jobsite, Massman installed guides and erected twin 335 ton bulkheads, under very tight tolerances for the new locks. This work required a sophisticated erection plan to “thread-the-needle” with the large gates






A Sep 2019 article

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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 ...

The locks had $12m of rehabilitation done before they were even used???!!!

The Olmsted Lock and Dam project was authorized by Congress in 1988 and construction commenced in 1993. The new twin lock chambers were constructed between 1995 and 2002. Construction of the dam is ongoing. The new dam will consist of five massive tainter gates measuring 110’ wide by 41 feet tall and 140 wicket gates to facilitate navigation.

In 2014, Mahan was awarded a fixed-price, best-value contract to replace hydraulic cylinders on the miter gates and culvert valves in the lock chambers and associated improvements. The work scope included dewatering both lock chambers, cleaning of miter gates and culvert valves, extension of two maintenance bulkhead reinforced concrete sills, replacement of air bubbler and grease lines in the lock chambers along with solenoid valves on the bubbler system, repair of culvert valve latching bars, addition of a culvert valve support beam and replacement of lock control systems.  Also included is the removal and replacement of the hydraulic cylinders for eight miter gates and eight culvert valves, fabrication of two new spare hydraulic cylinders for miter gates and culvert valves, and replacement of sixteen latching hydraulic cylinders including four spares.

The project was originally envisioned as a two season operation in order to maintain one lock chamber in service at all times. Mahan proposed and the USACE agreed to an acceleration of the contract whereby work in both chambers could be completed in 2015. The balance of work completed in 2016 consisted of removing and replacing hydraulic cylinders that were delayed due to a material design change initiated by the USACE.  This work was completed in 2016 without dewatering the lock chambers and with minimal disruptions to lock operations.

[I quoted all of the text since corporate web sites have a track record of breaking URLs. I've already come across a broke link to this concerning another project.]

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