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Great Bridge Lock to close for new gates

From Staff Reports

The Daily Advance

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CHESAPEAKE, Va. — The Great Bridge Lock on the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal will temporarily close to vessel traffic later this month for the replacement of a set of lock gates.

The Norfolk District of the U.S. Corps of Engineers, which maintains the lock, said the work is scheduled to be performed from noon on Feb. 19 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 20.

Vessels traveling the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway during the closure may use the Dismal Swamp Canal, Route 2. The controlling depth of the canal is six feet.

The Dismal Swamp Canal locking hours are: 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m., seven days a week.

Vessel operators may call 757-201-7642 for information. Lock and bridge operators will monitor Channel 13.

Funding to replace the set of gates for the Great Bridge lock — constructed in 1932 — was approved in the Corps’ fiscal year 2014 budget.