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Funding announced for 3 western Kentucky projects

Posted at 5:54 AM, Feb 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-13 05:55:26-05

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — Funding has been announced for three major western Kentucky infrastructure projects.

The Army Corps of Engineers will provide $63 million to complete the Olmsted Locks and Dam, $61 million for Kentucky Lock and $4 million for the Paducah floodwall, according to a statement Wednesday from U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell.

The Olmsted Locks and Dam has been operational since 2018, but work is still being done to remove Locks and Dam 52 and 53, which should be completed by the end of 2020, WPSD-TV reports.

Construction on Kentucky Lock continues and is slated for completion in 2024.

McConnell said the projects are vital to the region.

“Billions of dollars of goods flow through Olmsted and the Kentucky Lock every year, supporting good jobs and helping build strong Kentucky communities along our inland waterways," he said.

Funding for the Paducah floodwall will go toward maintenance and upkeep.