Corps reopens Canaveral Lock

Published May 2, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (May 2, 2012) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District has reopened Canaveral Lock after a gate malfunction resulted in the temporary closure of the facility.


The lock resumed operations at 3pm on Monday (May 1), several days after it was closed for repair. Wiring issues were causing the gates to remain open during a lockage. Additional repairs on the wiring will take place in the coming days, but the lock is expected to remain operational.


“We greatly appreciate the understanding of the boating public during this time,” said Rick McMillen, chief of Jacksonville District’s Navigation Branch. “It is unfortunate when systems malfunction, but we were able to get things operational again thanks to the quick work of our crews.”


The lock is located between Port Canaveral’s west turning basin and the Banana River. It was constructed in 1965 to assist with safe passage from the port to the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of six locks operated by Jacksonville District.

John Campbell

Release no. 12-033