The Allegheny River's locks and dams are on quite the roller coaster courtesy of the president's budget, with a 260 percent boost in fiscal year 2018 from the previous year, then a 56 percent decrease in fiscal 2019.
Federal funding has been sinking for the Allegheny River navigational facilities over the past decade because of their lack of commercial traffic, a driving factor in the federal funding formula.
A good chunk of the $18 million for the Allegheny River in President Trump's fiscal 2018 budget — which is 3.6 times that of the fiscal 2017 budget of $5 million — would pay to repair the decaying lock walls at Lock and Dam No. 2 at Highland Park in Pittsburgh.
Funding later would drop closer to recent historical levels.
It's not that the federal budget process was particularly generous with the Allegheny River in fiscal 2018. But the condition of the concrete at lock No. 2 is so bad, it's considered dangerous to workers and potentially others.
“What is being recognized in the way of funding is the fact that these are very deteriorated conditions,” said Lenna Hawkins...More.
by Mary Ann Thomas | Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, 6:30 p.m.