Ala. governor opposes curtailing river locks


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Robert Bentley has sent the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers a letter urging the agency to reconsider reducing lock usage on two rivers in Alabama.

Bentley said Friday the corps' plan to curtail service beginning in October would hurt recreation and job development in Alabama.

The corps says budget cuts and low traffic are causing it to curtail operations at locks on the Alabama and Chattahoochee rivers. Locks in Wilcox and Monroe counties on the Alabama River and locks in Barbour and Houston counties on the Chattahoochee River will be available to commercial traffic by appointment. Recreational traffic will be able to use the locks only if they are being operated for another purpose.

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