Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Lock now open to navigation - Corps completes emergency repairs on 91-year-old lock

Published Jan. 14, 2014

NEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District has completed the emergency repairs on the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Lock located on the Industrial Canal in New Orleans.  The lock was returned to service at approximately 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 14, 2014.

On January 3, 2014, the 91-year-old bull gear on the riverside miter gate fractured, leaving the gate inoperable.  Because of the age of the components, all original to the lock, bushings for the gear required fabrication by Boland Marine and Industrial of New Orleans. The Corps had a crew of welders, machinists, crane operators, deckhands and foremen working around the clock to restore the lock to service as soon as possible.

Construction of the IHNC Lock was completed in 1923 along the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal at the confluence of the Mississippi River and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, the nation’s busiest and third busiest inland waterways.  The lock is operated 24 hours a day year round.

Ricky Boyett
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Release no. 14-005