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Dan Reeves Bio


Dan Reeves retired Jan. 3, 1991 after more than 30 years of service, all with the Army Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District.  He began his career designing the mechanical components of navigation and flood control projects in the district.

When construction of the navigation system was mostly completed, he utilized the expertise he honed while designing the mechanical components of the navigation locks and dams to continue his stellar career as a mechanical engineer in the Maintenance Engineering Section of Operations Division.

He possessed exceptional engineering skills.  To this day, more than 20 years after the end of his career, many of the drawings, maintenance procedures, and lists of critical spare parts created by Dan Reeves are still referenced and used daily by maintenance crews on the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System.

Dan Reeves was known for his ability to work with people.  He was the go to person that everyone could call whenever they needed help.  His greatest enjoyment was assisting employees in the field.  The district’s floating plants personnel considered him a valuable source of information because of his intimate technical knowledge and his ability to remember the smallest of details.  He also possessed the ability to draw detailed sketches that clearly communicated complex engineering concepts.

Dan Reeves invented a jacking system for miter gates that became industry standard and a procedure for tensioning the adjustable diagonal bracing on miter gates to keep them plumb and level.  He was also instrumental in developing lock dewatering procedures and methods for the safe disassembly of the large components on the locks.

His expertise was invaluable during the Dam 2 barge accident in 1982, the miter gate failure at Kerr Lock in Tulsa District in 1986, and the barge accident at Sanders Lock and Dam in 1990. Each of these incidents could have closed the MKARNS for months had it not been for Dan Reeves’ engineering skills and expertise.

Dan Reeves’ dedication, loyalty, and faithful service contributed substantially to the successful operation of the MKARNS.  His contributions have far outlasted his career and the system’s outstanding reputation for reliability is largely attributable to his work.

Addicks and Barker Construction Project updates: Hike and bike trail closures

GALVESTON, Texas (March 15, 2016) ­– The first impacts to the hike and bike trail system associated with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District’s Addicks and Barker Dam Safety Construction Project will begin April 1, 2016 with the temporary closure of the hike and bike trail located on the downstream side of the dam at the water control structure, until work is complete in the spring of 2019. The temporary closure will also include the gravel maintenance road atop of Addicks Dam.

“These closures are necessary to facilitate the construction of a new water control structure at Addicks Dam, 400 feet to the west of the existing structure, and to ensure public safety in and around the construction area for the duration of the construction,” said John Long, resident engineer overseeing the construction of the dam safety improvements.

District personnel coordinated the trail closure with Harris County Precinct 3 staff, the operator of the trail, who will be erecting signs at critical locations to notify the public that the trail is closed.

“We ask that the public respect these closures as well as signs and fences restricting access to other locations around the construction area,” said Long. “The notifications are there for your safety and the safety of the contractors working in the area.”

According to Long, additional closures and trail re-routing will be necessary at the Barker Dam in the near future. Information about the temporary closures will be disseminated to the public when the dates are determined.

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The official U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division publication