Great Bridge Lock Replacement 2014
The Great Bridge Lock on the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal reopened Feb. 21, 2014 after a two-day closure to vessel traffic. Contractors, overseen by the Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, removed and replaced a 72-ton set of aging lock gates as part of a service plan to increase the lifespan of the locks. The Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal together with the Dismal Swamp Canal form the historic Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, which provides pleasure boaters and commercial shippers with a protected inland channel between Norfolk, Va. and Miami, Fla.