Corps allots U.S. stimulus funds for rehab at Monongahela 4

The Corps of Engineers’ Pittsburgh District has allotted $17.4 million in economic stimulus money for critical rehabilitation work at Monongahela Lock and Dam 4 at Charleroi, Pa.

The Corps said funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act would finance work at Monongahela 4 and other projects, generating work in the private sector, modernizing deteriorating infrastructure, reducing the risk of failure, and addressing part of critical backlogged maintenance valued at $250 million dollars in the Pittsburgh District. (HydroWorld 1/6/09) Nationally, Corps civil works projects are receiving a total of $4.6 billion from the economic stimulus bill passed in February. (HydroWorld 5/4/09)

A joint venture of Trumbull Corp. and Brayman Construction Corp. of West Mifflin, Pa., is carrying out the work, completing construction of a riverwall at Monongahela 4. The Corps said the work is part of the long-delayed Lower Monongahela River Project, supporting 204 direct and 230 indirect jobs that would have disappeared when funding expired in September.

A unit of Brookfield Renewable Power, BPUS Generation Development LLC, holds a preliminary permit (No. 12906) from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to study adding an 18.7-MW hydroelectric project to Monongahela Lock and Dam 4. The project is among at least 36 new hydro plants that BPUS is pursuing in the United States totaling more than 810 MW. (HydroWorld 1/3/08)

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