ST. PAUL — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, will move forward with a plan to rehabilitate six of its locks and dams along the upper Mississippi River.

On Friday, the Corps awarded a $17 million contract to Kraemer North America LLC of Burnsville to carry out two rail rehabilitation projects at six Mississippi River locks and dams.

The tow rail system assists and speeds up the upstream travel of 1,200-foot tows through 600-foot lock chambers. The traveling mooring systems, located on upper guidewalls to help guide upstream-bound tows out of the lock chamber, will promote efficient and safe passage for workers and long tows requiring multiple lockages, the Corps said in a written statement.

Construction will take place in winter 2019 and 2020, during the non-navigation season.

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Brian Todd is a 1997 graduate of Nebraska-Omaha. He covers Goodhue, Wabasha, Winona and Houston counties and writes a weekly column about the life of a reporter.