Life on the Mississippi

Updated: Jul 12


A tip of the hat goes to our colleague Col. (ret) Bob Sinkler for this oped on the need to modernize the Upper Mississippi River’s transportation infrastructure. 


An excerpt:

“Many of the locks and dams and other structures in the Upper Mississippi region were designed and built over 75 years ago, and are far beyond their intended lifespan.


“This water transportation infrastructure needs [to be] replaced or upgraded with modern, safer, sustainable designs that meet multiple needs and provide multiple benefits. Prime candidates for restoration through NESP are seven congested steamboat-era locks [which] simply need to be retrofitted to accommodate modern tows, similar to the work that was done at the lock and dam at Keokuk, Iowa in 1957.”


Bob joined us in 2013.  Prior to coming to Dawson & Associates, he commanded the Corps of Engineeers’ Rock Island District where he led the planning, operations and maintenance, and construction involving Mississippi River navigation and flood risk reduction.


Well done, Bob!


Bruce Berwick Senior Vice President

A member of the Dawson team since 2016, Bruce was Commander of the Army Corps of Engineers Great Lakes and Ohio River Division.


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