Hildebrand Lock and Dam

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Hildebrand Lock and Dam
Hildebrand Lock and Dam.jpg
LocationMonongalia County, West Virginia, USA
Coordinates39°34′58″N 80°00′40″W / 39.58278°N 80.01111°W / 39.58278; -80.01111Coordinates: 39°34′58″N 80°00′40″W / 39.58278°N 80.01111°W / 39.58278; -80.01111
Construction began1950
Opening date1960
Operator(s)U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pittsburgh District
Dam and spillways
ImpoundsMonongahela River

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.

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Construction on Hildebrand Lock and Dam began in 1950 and was completed in 1960.[1] It replaced old Locks 12 and 13, timber crib structures completed in 1903.

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