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ACBL’s Daily River Conditions

Updated Monday, January 24, 2022

Today’s Key Issues

  • Ice Conditions – Cold weather and ice formation continue to impact the Illinois River. All Locks requiring ice couplings. ACBL has improved tow side reductions to 12 BIT on the Illinois. These factors are expected to drive delays throughout Jan. Traffic is currently moving fairly well, but industry remains concerned and bring a potential for further restrictions.
  • St. Louis Low Water – Draft Decrease – SBD Drafts reduced to 10’0″ STL to Cairo on 1/20. NBD drafts remain reduced to 9’6 NOLA to STL. Expect to be in low-water conditions into late-Jan.
  • Ice on the Ohio RiverIce impacting the upper ends of the Ohio River. No major delays to transit at this time. Industry remains watchful as temps will be ripe for ice generation the next few days, followed by a warmup.
  • Kentucky Lock Closure (TR 22) – Kentucky Lock will be closed starting January 31, 2022 at 0600 through February 24, 2022 at 1800 to make needed repairs to the upstream miter gate due to an allision in November 2021. Navigation will pass through Barkley, but expect 1-2 days of delay.
  • Emsworth Lock Closure (OR 6) – Main Chamber closure for repairs 2/22 – 4/16. Will run the small chamber, but only capable of locking one barge at a time. Expect several days of delay associated with this closure for barges to/from Pittsburgh, the Allegheney, and the Monongahela.
  • Lower Miss Revetment Old Town Bend (LM 642) – Stone revetment work began Wednesday 1/5, and will run through late Feb. Due to the location of this work, contractor is requesting daily closures to Southbound traffic during working hours, expect 6-12 hrs of delay surrounding these closures.
  • Wilson Lock Closure (TR 260) Extended closure remains planned Feb through April, effectively crippling transit to/from Decatur, Guntersville, and Chattanooga. Latest dates from USACE show work 2/22 through 4/28 with a 6-Day full opening scheduled 3/18 – 3/23. Will run the small chamber, but only capable of locking one barge at a time. As such, delays could reach 7+ days similar to Montgomery Lock in 2021. Expect an update from ACBL’s commercial team early next week regarding this highly impactful event.

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