ALMA, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Locks and dams along the Mississippi River play an important role in the state’s economy.
Last year, 10-million-tons of stuff was transported on barges through Lock and Dam 4 in Alma. With that much activity, Joe Schroetter with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says some downtime is necessary.
The lock is currently undergoing a four-point five-million-dollar repair project, which is part of a general maintenance schedule every 15 to 20 years.
“We take and empty the lock chamber and we get a chance to do maintenance on our gates, on our concrete and it’s kind of like doing maintenance on your car,” said Schroetter.
Schroetter says repairs are done during shipping’s slow season from December to March when parts of the river are frozen and barge traffic isn’t impacted.
The maintenance is expected to be complete by March.