U.S. seeks firms for rehab of locks at Olmsted Dam on Ohio River

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks information on firms able to perform major lock rehabilitation at Olmsted Dam on the Ohio River in Kentucky. Responses are due Dec. 30.

Olmsted Dam is part of the Corps’ Locks and Dam 52 and 53 Replacement Project, known as Olmsted Locks and Dam, under construction between Illinois and Kentucky about 17 miles upstream from the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. The Olmsted Locks and Dam project is to reduce tow and barge delays through the busiest stretch of river in America’s inland waterways.

The project received $2.8 billion in funding as part of legislation Oct. 16 that ended the federal government shutdown. Although the Corps dam has no hydropower, American River Power II LLC holds a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission preliminary permit to study building a 63-MW hydro project at the site.

The Corps’ Louisville District also is taking bids Jan. 7, 2014, to fabricate auxiliary maintenance bulkheads at Olmsted.

In a sources sought notice, the district now seeks information on firms able to rehabilitate two locks at Olmsted. It plans to use the information to determine the type of solicitation for the work.

Work is to include dewatering two lock chambers, cleaning of miter gates and culvert valves, replacement of air bubbler and grease lines in the lock chamber along with solenoid valves on the bubbler system, repair of culvert valve latching bars and addition of a culvert valve support beam. Also included is remanufacture of eight miter gate and eight culvert valve cylinders and fabrication of two new miter gate and two new culvert valve cylinders. Also included is replacement of lock control systems.

To require 1,095 days, the project is expected to cost from $5 million to $10 million.

A sources sought notice may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering solicitation No. W912QR14OLMSTEDREHAB in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box.

Responses are due Dec. 30 by e-mail to the address below. For information, contact Heather Bauer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District, 600 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Place, Room 821, Louisville, KY 40202-2230; (1) 502-315-6192; E-mail: heather.d.bauer@usace.army.mil.

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