Wilson Dam lock still open to visitors despite a few closures

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MUSCLE SHOALS, Ala. (WHNT) - The lock at Wilson Dam has been open to visitors for more than six months now.

Drivers may have noticed a few closed signs since May when the lock reopened to the public. However, officials say there's nothing to worry about.

TVA officials and area tourism leaders say the historic navigation lock is still open to visitors.

TVA spokeswoman Khristine Shattuck-Cooper said they did have to shut the dam down a few time this year due to improvement projects that required a complete closure for the safety of motorists and repair crews.

Other than that, visitors can stop by and tour the lock Friday - Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

"It'll be closed when the lock is actually drained and they're doing maintenance, but otherwise, that's not very often," said Susie Shoemaker with the Florence Tourism Office.

Before it reopened earlier this year, Shoemaker and others had to turn visitors away. That's not the case anymore.

"People were very excited to find out they could actually go back down there. It's fun, you'll get vertigo if you look down in there, it's really deep!"

So despite the occasional closed signs, you can stop by the Wilson Dam locks on the weekends.

TVA also said it has no plans to close the bridge that runs over the dam, even with the opening of Singing River Bridge.

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