The three locks on the Cape Fear River are in need of repair, but until there's money to do the work, the U-S Army Corps of Engineers says they'll stay closed.
A corps spokeswoman says the locks and dams were built at shallow places along the river in the early 20 th century to foster commercial navigation between the port at Wilmington and Fayetteville . Barges loaded with what-have-you were either pushed or pulled up and down the river. It was about ten years ago, that the last barge floated downstream. River shipping, while cheap, is exceedingly slow, and has fallen out of favor.