Robert C. Byrd Locks & Dam - Gallipolis, OH
Posted by: silverquill
N 38° 40.886 W 082° 11.547
17S E 396280 N 4282100
Quick Description: First built in 1937, this dam spanning the Ohio River from West Virginia to Ohio is named for West Virginia Sen.Robert C. Bird, longest serving member of the U.S. Senate. Coordinates Abutment Access area on the Ohio side, near Gallipolis, Ohio.
Location: Ohio, United States
Date Posted: 1/31/2009 1:55:42 AM
Waymark Code: WM5PP1
Robert Carlyle Byrd (born November 20, 1917) is the senior United States Senator from West Virginia, and a member and former leader of the Democratic Party. Byrd has held the office since January 3, 1959 and is the longest-serving member in the Senate's history. He is also the oldest current member of the United States Congress. He is the first politician in US history to serve as a US senator for a state for 50 years uninterrupted.
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Non-navigable, high-lift, gated dam, top length of gated section 1,132'. Eight roller gates, clear span 125'-6 between 16-foot piers, damming height of 29'- 6' above sills.
Two new parallel locks, main lock 110' by 1200', auxiliary lock 110' by 600', miter service gates. Locks were activated on January 30, 1993.
Normal upper pool elevation 538.0' m.s.l., upper pool length is 41.7 miles to Racine Dam on Ohio River and 44.6 miles to Winfield Dam on the Kanawha River. Normal upper pool surface area 12,600 acres, normal lower pool elevation 515.0' m.s.l., (upper pool of Greenup Dam), and normal lift 23.0'.
The project was placed in operation 25 August 1937 and completed in October 1937. Lock replacement construction began Nov 1987 and Completed Jan 1993. Rehab of the dam began in Aug 1992 and was finally completed in 2002. 8 new roller gates, control units, motor control center and electric feeders were replaced. In June 2007 the new handicap fishing access and pier was opened to public, the area of fishing is one of the best spots to fish on the Ohio River