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November 29, 2016 |
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Choke Point of a Nation: The High Cost of an Aging River Lock

Lock No. 52 on the Ohio River responsible for shipping bottleneck that hobbles commerce far and wide

By Pline (Own work) CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Luther Helland stood on a platform in the middle of the river and surveyed his dam. It was in bad shape. Several of the panels that kept the water back were missing, while others were out of true. Weeks of work stretched before him, compounded by the vagaries of the river.

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