The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is holding an open house in North Carolina to unveil construction plans for a lock and dam project on the Cape Fear River.
The Corps of Engineers Wilmington District will show the plans Saturday in Riegelwood. The project will improve dam safety and conditions for endangered fish species near Lock & Dam No. 1. The lock and dam is located 39 miles above Wilmington and was built in 1915.
Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the first part of the project costs about $3 million and is set to be completed in March.
Workers have already built a trestle to transfer rock for the project from dump trucks onto barges for placement into the river. Canoes and kayaks will be able to transit the area on a very limited basis.