Hildebrand Lock and Dam
|Hildebrand Lock and Dam|
|Location||Monongalia County, West Virginia, USA|
|Operator(s)||U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District|
|Dam and spillways|
Hildebrand Lock and Dam is a navigational lock and gated dam on the Monongahela River at Hilderbrand, West Virginia. (Hildebrand is a misspelling of Hilderbrand.) It is part of a series of dams that canalizes the Monongahela to a depth of at least 9 feet (2.7 m) for its entire length from Fairmont, West Virginia to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It is maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District.
Hildebrand has a single lock chamber located on the left-descending river bank. The dam's upper pool extends 7.4 miles (11.9 km) upstream to Opekiska Lock and Dam, with its 6.0-mile (9.7 km) downstream pool being formed by Morgantown Lock and Dam.
Construction on Hildebrand Lock and Dam began in 1950 and was completed in 1960. It replaced old Locks 12 and 13, timber crib structures completed in 1903.