March 5, 2011
Lower Monumental Dam's new downstream lock gate. The three sections of the structure were fabricated in Vancouver, then floated up the Columbia and Snake Rivers on a barge. When assembled, the new gate weighs about 700 tons and is 88 feet wide, 84 feet high and 15 feet thick.
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As others labor to replace Lower Monumental Dam's lower lock gate, Dean Lodmell could be forgiven for taking a "been there, done that" view.Forty-nine years ago Lodmell was a young engineer happily tackling a big job. Fresh from being part of building Dod