Corps sets industry day for cut-off wall civil work at Melvin Price Locks and Dam

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has scheduled a construction industry day to discuss plans to construct a seepage cut-off wall at Melvin Price Locks and Dam on the Mississippi River near Alton, Ill. Registration is due Nov. 26 for the Dec. 3 meeting.

Although Melvin Price is a navigation dam, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has received a preliminary permit application from Western Minnesota Municipal Power Agency to study developing a 93-MW Melvin Price Locks and Dam project (No. 14540) and another from Lock+TM Hydro Friends Fund III LLC to study developing a 75-MW project of the same name (No. 14539). Brookfield Renewable Power Inc. surrendered a license for the 92-MW Price Dam project (No. 12187) in June, stating the project was financially infeasible. Hydrokinetic project developer McGinnis Inc. also considered and dropped plans for a 350-kW project (No. 13566) at the site.

The Corps’ St. Louis District took bids in 2010 for miter gate machinery replacement and alterations to miter gates at Melvin Price, which is operated by the Corps.

The Corps now plans to take bids for the Melvin Price/Wood River Seepage Cut-Off Wall Project, involving construction of an 8,100- lineal-foot seepage cut-off wall to depths of 135 to 165 feet adjacent to and upstream of the locks and dam. It is to address under-seepage occurring along the Wood River Levee reach.

The construction industry day is planned to advise contractors of the project and to seek feedback that might improve plans and specifications. The session will be from 8 a.m.-noon Dec. 3 at the National Great Rivers Museum, No. 2 Locks and Dam Way, Alton, IL 62002, which is near the project site.

A notice of the industry day may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site,, by entering solicitation WP912P914SS02 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box. Those seeking to attend are required to complete an interest statement attached to the notice and to submit it to the e-mail address below by Nov. 26.

For information, contact Barietta Killiebrew, Contracting Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District, CEMVS-CT, 1222 Spruce St., St. Louis MO 63103-2833; E-mail:

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