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ACBL’s Daily River Conditions

Friday, March 1st, 2024

  • 2025 Planned Illinois River Lock Port Closure– The closure of the Lockport Lock, River Mile 291, starting January 14th, 2025 through March 11th, 2025. The purpose of this closure is for the installation of the new Vertical Lift Gates, and sill & seal modifications and repairs. This closure will inhibit the ability to move barges from the Illinois to Chicago and Chicago to Illinois.
  • Tell City / Hawesville Delays – There are no local port service providers in the areas of Hawesville and Tell City causing delays for local docks receiving barges.
  • Meldahl Lock Closure (OR 436)– Delays due to unscheduled main chamber closure, the current average delays are currently 8.58 hours. Dependent upon river stages the estimated completion of maintenance on the Main Chamber could extend through March.
  • Louisville Bridges (OR 602)– Current closure at the Louisville bridges due to a tractor and trailer accident causing the truck and trailer hanging over the side of the bridge. Local emergency crews are working to clear the incident.
  • Van Buren Bridge Closure (AK 300) – Work has been rescheduled again to start on April 15th and will last approximately 18 days. Traffic is expected to be cleared after the ninth day. Vessels will also be allowed to transit when the span is clear of equipment.
  • Bayou Sorrel Lock Closure (PA 37) – Daily closures Monday through Friday resumed June 26th, 2023, to facilitate guide wall repairs from 07:00 to 16:30. Currently experiencing 29 hours of delay with 14 boats in queue.
  • Harvey Canal Closure (WC 2) – There will be a closure March 2nd from 06:00 to 18:00 and March 3rd from 06:00 to 12:00 to facilitate a heavy lift operation.
  • Bayou Boeuf Closure (WC 94) – There is a scheduled repair starting April 1st thru the 30th, Monday thru Friday from 07:00 to 18:00.
    • There will be an additional 83-hour closure April 2nd thru April 5th, as well as April 9th thru 12th.
  • Black Bayou Bridge Closure (WC 238) – Daytime closure started February 12th due to unexpected repairs. Repairs will take place Monday thru Friday from 05:00 to 08:00, and then 16:00 to 19:00 to facilitate repairs. There will also be closures Saturday and Sunday from 06:00 to 08:00, and then 17:00 to 19:00 to facilitate repairs.
  • Calcasieu Lock Closure (WC 238) – There was a planned closure on March 6th and 7th from 07:00 to 19:00 to facilitate repairs. Due to an allision, those have been cancelled and there will be emergency repairs starting March 2nd through March 5th requiring daytime closures from 06:00 to 18:00.
  • Ellender Bridge Closure (WC 243) – As of February 5th thru April 12th, there will be a closure to vessel traffic Monday thru Friday from 07:00 to 17:00 to facilitate repairs.
  • Brazos Lock Closure (WC 401) – Daytime closure started August 31st, 2023, have been extended further past February 29th. The daily closures from 07:00 to 19:00 to facilitate repairs are ongoing. Currently experiencing 12 hours of delay with three boats in queue.
    • As of 01/25, due to gauge readings at the lock, there are restrictions at the lock of one load or two empties per lockage. When there are high differentials in the East and West locks, the lock will close to all traffic.
  • Demopolis Lock Closure (WT 213) – Closed to traffic for emergency repairs starting January 16th. ETC has been pushed out to Mid-May.
  • Delays to Transit at Panama Canal – Due to the lack of rainwater, there is significant delay to transit through the Panama Canal. Both north and southbound vessels are multiple days behind schedule, with smaller vessels averaging roughly a week worth of delay. In turn, expecting a delay to berthing schedules in the Gulf (NOLA, Mobile, Houston).

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