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This 862-foot guide wall extension is one of the most visible changes that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made to Lock & Dam No. 3 during its three-year, $70 million improvement project. Other parts of the project include a dike closure, channel dredging and embankment improvements. The corps unveiled the finished lock and dam Friday morning. (Republican Eagle photo by Sarah Gorvin)

Three years of improvements done No. 3

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As little as three years ago, Lock & Dam No. 3 near Red Wing was "absolutely terrible" for barges to navigate, Upper Mississippi Waterway Association President Greg Genz said.

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