Direct Steel proud to participate in construction of key piece of Nation’s waterway infrastructure – Olmsted Locks and Dams


a barge makes its way through the Olmsted Locks and Dams

Replacing a key piece of national infrastructure

Direct Steel and Construction of Crystal Lake, IL proudly participated in the largest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project since the Panama Canal.  The project replaces an aging set of locks and dams that had previously caused delays and headaches for many of the nation’s water freight transportation companies.  Situated at the southern tip of Illinois, where the Mississippi, Tennessee and Cumberland rivers connect, the project involved two 110-foot by 1,200 foot locks and an extensive dam to replace the aging Ohio River locks and dams completed in 1929. Known as the Olmsted Locks and Dams, the waterway system will provide reliable navigation for commerce, offering millions of dollars of economic gains annually. 

Direct Steel Constructs Steel Buildings for the Olmsted Locks and Dams Project

Following a competitive bid process, Direct Steel and Construction was awarded the contract to construct a 16,500 square foot maintenance building, a 3,000 square foot lockmaster building, a fire pump house and associated site work.  (Photo attached) These buildings support the transportation activities and storage needs at the site. The contract value exceeds $13.19M and is scheduled for timely completion in October 2018.

Direct Steel uniquely qualifies for project as a Women-Owned Service Business (WOSB)

Rosemary Swierk, President of Direct Steel and Construction, is particularly honored with her team’s efforts since it represents successful completion of a federal government award set-aside for Woman-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs).  Direct Steel’s strong project management team places the company among a select group of WOSBs that can provide General Contracting services for substantial federal government construction projects. 

Celebration and Ribbon Cutting for the Olmsted Locks and Dams

celebrating the completion of the Olmsted locks and dams project

The Louisville District of the USACE hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for over 1,000 attendees at the Olmsted site on August 30, 2018.  Honored guests included Senator Mitch McConnell and Senator Dick Durbin.  (Photo attached)  Speeches given by top USACE officials cited the importance of this viable commercial waterway to the nation’s economic security.   


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