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Army Corps says aging river system needs repairs

Published on Saturday, October 26, 2013

Army Corps says aging river system needs repairs

Cox and others with the Army Corps of Engineers showed U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-11th) deteriorating concrete walls during a tour of the Brandon Road Lock and Dam. The tour apparently was at least in part an attempt to convince the congressman of the need for more federal spending on the facility that is in his district.

But repairs on the Joliet Wall, the wall that dams in the Des Plaines River as it cuts through downtown and flows south to the Brandon lock, is a higher priority than the lock and dam, Cox said.

Cox said the problems identified at the Joliet Wall are not so severe as to be considered potentially catastrophic. But, he said, “If we don’t get it fixed, it’s just going to deteriorate further.”

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