Seaway Work Has Good Safety Record, Officials Say
All of the scheduled maintenance performed over the winter at the Seaway locks in Massena were done on time and with a spotless safety record.
Officials with the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) announced Monday that no work hours were lost due to safety-related incidents during the three-month maintenance program.
“Three major construction projects were completed at the U.S. Seaway locks this past winter, with no time lost to safety incidents, a testament to the Seaway’s effective safety protocols,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
This past winter's projects included installing a new ice flushing system at Snell Lock, rehabilitating the downstream Eisenhower Lock miter gate, and upgrading culvert valve machinery at both locks.
The work included what officials describe as “some of the most crucial, difficult, and labor intensive activity” since the Seaway started what it calls the Asset Renewal Program (ARP) in 2009.
The seven firms contracted to do the maintenance worked around-the-clock with SLSDC staff in order to complete it on time.
The goal of the ARP is to rehabilitate and modernize the U.S. Seaway infrastructure.
Saturday, March 8, 2014, Watertown, NY
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