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ACBL’s Daily River Conditions

Updated Friday, December 3, 2021

Today’s Key Issues

  • Lower Miss Major Closures MM 595 – Major Update – River closed during working hours 12/2 – 12/11 for intense Revetment Operations at Victoria Bend. A second contractor is on-site to expedite work, cutting the timeframe in half. Traffic will now be managed onsite by the MV Kacie Luhr. Plan remains for daily closures to all traffic during daytime and to run at night. Coinciding with this work, the Dredge Hurley will work at MM 590 12/4 – 12/10. There will be a 36-hour closure 0600 12/4 – 1800 12/5 for initial dredging. Following this period, the contractor at Victoria and the Dredge Hurley will work in conjunction to pass traffic nightly with a potential to pass NBD traffic during working hours early next week. Expect delays of 1-2 days through 12/11 related to these projects.
  • Draft Reduction – Mississippi River – The river is falling quicker than expected St. Louis-South. SBD Drafts reduced to 11’0″ STL to Cairo and 11’6″ Cairo to Friar’s Point (LM 650) with a potential for further reduction this coming weekend. NBD drafts reduced to 10′ NOLA to STL and 11′ NOLA to Rosedale through Cairo.
  • Port Allen Lock Closure– Lock reopened 12/3, but we remain seeing 18-36 hrs of delay. Expect this to clear-up over the weekend.
  • Gulf Fog Delays – We have seen 6-12hr delays and work-stoppages nightly since 12/1. Expect a potential for fog impact through 12/7.
  • Kentucky Lock Closure (TR22.3) – Kentucky Lock closed 11/1 through 12/10 for needed repairs to the miter gates. As a result, traffic is passing through Barkley Lock and Canal. This route restricted to 12-barge tows and we are expect 18-36 hrs delay for lockage through mid-Dec.
  • Montgomery Lock Closure (OR 32) Main Chamber closed for miter gates repair from 10-25-21 through 12-22-21. Auxiliary Chamber in use, but currently seeing 5+ days of delay. Expect these delays to impact transit on the upper Ohio through the end of the year.
  • Wilson Lock Closure (TR 260) – Main Chamber closure 2/23 through 4/28, effectively crippling transit to/from Decatur, Guntersville, and Chattanooga. Will run the small chamber, but only capable of locking one barge at a time. Industry working with USACE on plans for openings to pass traffic. So far the first opportunity not planned until early April.

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