PITTSBURGH — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh District has released its Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) supplemental funding for fiscal year 2022 for construction, the permanent authorities, environmental infrastructure and operations and maintenance, on 20 January.
Through the IIJA, the District of Pittsburgh will receive more than $881.9 million in additional funding to support 25 projects, including $857.7 million for the Upper Ohio Navigation Project, including the need is critical.
“The additional funding received from the IIJA will fully fund the design and construction of a new lock chamber at Montgomery Locks and Dam,” said Mark Jones, district manager of engineering and construction. “Full funding for the design and construction of Montgomery Lock will allow for more efficient and cost-effective construction of the project.”
When complete, work at Montgomery will address reliability issues by replacing the aging and deteriorated 56-foot-wide by 360-foot-long auxiliary chamber with a new 110-foot-wide by 600-foot-long primary chamber.
“River traffic is something few people think about unless it’s closed. Montgomery Lock and Dam is nearly 100 years old, and if it collapses, we could lose thousands of lives. “jobs and adding thousands of trucks to our roads, which means more pollution and more traffic. This funding is essential and the result of years of advocacy and hard, old-fashioned legislative work,” said Congressman Conor Lamb (PA-17).
The Upper Ohio Navigation project will provide safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable navigation on the Upper Ohio River, an important part of the nation’s vast inland waterway navigation system. The project includes a substantial recapitalization of the locks and dams at Emsworth, Dashields and Montgomery, the oldest and smallest navigation facilities on the Ohio River.
“The inland navigation system is an essential contributor to national and regional economic success”, said Colonel Adam Czekanski, commander of the Pittsburgh district. “Receiving this additional funding will ensure that this crucial inland navigation facility continues to provide the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to move bulk cargo for decades to come. We appreciate the strong and continued support of Congress for this project. »
In addition to inland waterway funding, the legislation also provides funds to explore sediment removal in a local flood protection project in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.
In addition to funding for the construction of the Montgomery Locks, the district will receive more than $10.3 million for 11 district multipurpose reservoirs. Operation and maintenance funding will improve energy and water efficiency. Improvements will include upgrades to sewage treatment facilities, visitor centers and nature trails at district recreation facilities, as well as other green initiatives in support of the stewardship of the district. ‘environment.
“IIJA funding will have an immediate and positive impact on recreation in the region,” said Joe Kolodziej, District South Zone Operations Project Manager. “Visitors to some of our facilities will see new roofs and improvements to the visitor center. Some of the upgrades will also have a positive impact on aquatic wildlife, and others will provide better access to areas. Overall, it will allow us to do some of the things that should have waited years to be funded. »
In addition, over $7.9 million of additional funding is allocated to two environmental infrastructure projects. The corps is authorized to assist non-federal interests in carrying out water-related environmental infrastructure and resource protection and development projects.
“By receiving this additional funding, the district can help two communities that would otherwise not receive assistance with their watershed and water treatment plant challenges,” said Scott Swansinger, a district project manager.
The 26,000 square mile Pittsburgh District includes parts of western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia, eastern Ohio, western Maryland and southwestern New York. Our jurisdiction includes over 328 miles of waterways, 23 navigation locks and dams, 16 multi-purpose reservoirs, 42 local flood protection projects and other projects to protect and improve water resources, infrastructure and community. country’s environment.
Additional district missions include water supply, emergency response, and Clean Water Act regulation. The corps often partners with local communities to improve water supplies, sanitary sewers and stormwater infrastructure. During disasters, the district manages the country’s emergency power contract which provides temporary power to downed critical infrastructure. District personnel are deployed overseas to help build, manage and administer water resource infrastructure projects.