View construction of locks at Lower Monumental

Don't miss your chance to get an up-close look at Lower Monumental Lock and Dam's navigation lock during a second "Winter Maintenance Tour" event set from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 26. The first public viewing opportunity occurred Dec. 14.

Army Corps of Engineers staff at the dam invites the public to join them on the top of the dam to see construction progress inside the lock as workers replace the downstream lock gate, repair a portion of the north concrete wall and conduct other maintenance tasks.

Lower Monumental's lock is closed to vessel traffic through March 13 to accommodate the work.

Walla Walla District Corps of Engineers project managers for both jobs -- the gate replacement and the concrete repair -- will be at the Jan. 26 public event to provide an overview of their projects and answer questions.

Anyone interested in attending should contact the Corps' Walla Walla District by 4 p.m. Jan. 24 to RSVP and receive detailed driving directions to the dam and parking locations, as most parking areas adjacent to the dam are occupied to accommodate on-site construction activities.

Visit the District's website at www.nww.usace.army.mil and click on the event flier to register by e-mail, or call 509-527-7300 or 509-527-7700.

Be sure to provide the names and contact information (telephone and e-mail) of each person registering. If severe weather requires the Corps to reschedule this event, contact information provided will used to notify those who registered.

Visitors 18 years and older will need photo identification to enter the dam gate. Visitors will not be allowed to bring in purses, bags, backpacks, cell phones, briefcases and similar items into secure areas of the dam.

Visitors will be allowed bring cameras -- no camera bags -- inside the dam gate to take photographs of work being done inside the navigation lock.

For information about the 2010-11 Columbia-Snake Rivers Extended Navigation Lock Outage, visit the Corps' joint-district web page www.nwp.usace.army.mil/navigation/lockoutage.asp.