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State says McHenry dam flood gates, boat lock past their prime and must be replaced

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Lockmaster John Palmieri walks across the dam at the William G. Stratton Lock and Dam near McHenry. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is considering several options for improving the aging structure.

Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

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Rust has eaten away at the metal on one of the sluice gates at the William G. Stratton Lock and Dam near McHenry. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is considering several options for improving the aging structure.

Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

Crumbling concrete is one of the main issues at the William G. Stratton Lock and Dam near McHenry. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is considering several options for improving the aging structure.

Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

Lockmaster John Palmieri looks over the locks at the William G. Stratton Lock and Dam near McHenry. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is considering several options for improving the aging structure.

Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

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Officials with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources say the old Straton Lock and Dam in McHenry is in serious need of a facelift. It's flood control gates are showing their age from years of wear and tear and the lock that helps boats move between the Chain O' Lakes and lower and upper Fox River is too small to meet the demands of the busy waterway. A meeting is set for Monday to discuss options for such a project.
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    • Lockmaster John Palmieri walks across the dam at the William G. Stratton Lock and Dam near McHenry. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is considering several options for improving the aging structure.
    • Rust has eaten away at the metal on one of the sluice gates at the William G. Stratton Lock and Dam near McHenry. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is considering several options for improving the aging structure.
    • Crumbling concrete is one of the main issues at the William G. Stratton Lock and Dam near McHenry. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is considering several options for improving the aging structure.
    • Lockmaster John Palmieri looks over the locks at the William G. Stratton Lock and Dam near McHenry. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is considering several options for improving the aging structure.
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