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USACE keeps Jim Woodruff Lock closed for repairs

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CHATTAHOOCHEE, FL (WALB) -

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District announced Wednesday that the Jim Woodruff Lock - located on the Apalachicola River in Chattahoochee, Fla. – is still closed to all vessels.

Repairs are underway at the lock, but exceptions are being made to accommodate commercial vessels.

According to a release, mechanical problems caused the lock gates to become inoperable, and repairs began on April 6 to replace one of the hydraulic cylinders that opens and closes the lower lock gates.

The closure will impact the movement of boat traffic on the lower Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River system, but the two locks further upstream on the Chattahoochee River – Walter F. George and George W. Andrews – are not affected.

"Noncommercial users should make arrangements to adjust their navigational and recreational plans until the lock is reopened," Lance Davis, a public affairs specialist for USACE Mobile District said.

Commercial vessel operators should make appointments with the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Project Management Office, 334-232-4542; or the Woodruff / Seminole Site Office, 229-662-2001. General questions or requests for more information may also be directed to these offices.

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