Braddock Locks and Dam

Pittsburgh District
Published Jan. 10, 2024

Braddock Locks and Dam is one of nine navigation structures which provide for year-round navigation on the Monongahela River between Pittsburgh, PA and Fairmont, West Virginia. It maintains a pool for 12.6 miles upstream to Locks and Dam 3 at Elizabeth, PA. 

Construction of Locks and Dam 2 at this present site was begun in 1902 and completed in 1906. After some 40 years of use, a major rehabilitation of the project was completed in 1953. This work involved reconstruction and enlargement of the lock chambers and adjustment of the length of the dam.

Braddock Locks and Dam is part of the Lower Mon Project which has modernized Braddock, is in the process of modernizing Locks and Dam 4, Charleroi, Pa., and will remove Locks and Dam 3, Elizabeth, Pa. 

Braddock Locks and Dam is located at river mile 11.2 at the city of Braddock, PA. The lock chambers and operations buildings are situated along the right bank of the river adjacent to a major steel-making plant. Road access to the project is from 11th Street in Braddock. 

Directions to Braddock Locks and Dam 
Coming from Pittsburgh -- Exit 376-East (Parkway East) at the Swissvale exit. At the stop sign turn right and go up Monongahela Blvd. That will take you through the business loop of Swissvale. Continue on Monongahela Blvd., however the name of the road changes to Miller Street, then Harriet Street, then to Rankin Blvd. At the Rankin Bridge area you will pick up Braddock Ave. and continue on that under the bridge. Continue on Braddock Ave. until you reach Ninth Street. Make a right turn on Ninth and take that to Washington Street. Make a left on Washington and take that to 11th Street. Go right on 11th Street and continue across the railroad tracks. (Please Use Caution! There are 3 sets of tracks and only a ringing bell to warn you of any approaching train traffic.) Once you cross the train tracks you will see the river. Continue left following the paved road which runs parallel to the tracks. This will take you to Lock 2. Elevation of Pool in Feet Above Mean Sea Level: 718.7 

11th Street
Braddock, PA 15104-1704