© 2024 Louisville Public Media

Public Files:
89.3 WFPL · 90.5 WUOL-FM · 91.9 WFPK

For assistance accessing our public files, please contact info@lpm.org or call 502-814-6500
89.3 WFPL News | 90.5 WUOL Classical 91.9 WFPK Music | KyCIR Investigations
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations
Stream: News Music Classical

KY Lawmakers Hear Testimony of Ohio River Locks and Dams

From Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeighKentucky lawmakers now have a clearer picture of the economic impact of locks and dams along the Ohio River.There are 20 locks and dams on the Ohio River, eight along Kentucky’s northern border. In terms of tonnage, three western Kentucky locks are the busiest in the nation.Col. Keith Landry, Commander of the Louisville District Corps of Engineers, says Kentucky’s locks have a huge economic impact.“Based on the money the Louisville district spent in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, over a half-billion dollars in personal income was generated, which led to 40-million dollars in tax for the commonwealth," said Landry.And that’s just for fiscal 2008. Col. Landry says the locks and dams not only are safe, cost effective economic engines, they’re green.A barge can move a ton of freight almost 600 miles on a single gallon of fuel. A train can move that same ton 425 miles, but a truck, only 65 miles.