KAUKAUNA, Wis. (AP) – Work to restore the navigational locks system that was once one of Wisconsin’s most important trade routes has moved to Kaukauna.
Seventeen locks, dating back more than 150 years, moved people and goods from Green Bay to the Fox Cities and eventually to the Mississippi River. Twelve of those locks have been restored in the past decade. Now work on three more is underway in Kaukauna.
Project manager Reed Rodenkirch tells Wisconsin Public Radio his crews have new respect for 19th century workmanship. Rodenkirch said backhoes, cranes and forklifts have replaced draft animals and human muscle.
Restoring the three locks now under construction is expected to cost $3.3 million. The work is being done with input from the Wisconsin State Historical Society.
Information from: Wisconsin Public Radio, http://www.wpr.org