U.S. to seek bids for lock rehab at Olmsted Dam on Ohio River

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to seek bids for major lock rehabilitation at Olmsted Dam on the Ohio River in Kentucky. A solicitation is expected in January with bids expected to be due in February.

The Corps’ Louisville District also issued a separate call for bids by Feb. 7 for minor lock rehabilitation at Olmsted.

The Corps solicited information in December about firms able to perform the major lock rehabilitation work. It also took bids Jan. 7 to fabricate auxiliary maintenance bulkheads at Olmsted.

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 2013 legislation 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 (No. 14325) at the site.

The Corps now says it plans to take bids in February for major rehabilitation work on the Olmsted locks. 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.

The Corps said project specification files for the major lock rehabilitation may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site. A pre-solicitation notice may be obtained from the site, www.fbo.gov, by entering solicitation No. W912QR14R0024 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box.

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.

Bids sought for minor lock rehab at Olmsted

The Corps issued a separate call for bids by Feb. 7 for minor lock rehabilitation at Olmsted.

A solicitation notice for the minor lock rehab may be obtained from the Federal Business Opportunities Internet site, www.fbo.gov, by entering solicitation No. W912QR33407245 in the “Keyword/Solicitation #” box.

For information, contact Stephen Paul Hutchens, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District, 600 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Place, Room 821, Louisville, KY 40202-2230; (1) 502-315-6186; E-mail: stephen.p.hutchens@usace.army.mil.

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