River Closures and Restricted Movements


  • Ohio River Draft Reduction
    • Ohio River SBD loading drafts reduced by approx. 12% or 200 tons per barge.
  • JT Myers Lock Closure (OR 846) – The Main Chamber at JT Myers will be closed August 21st through November 9th. Delays reached 4+ days late Oct.

Chicago/Illinois/Upper Miss

  • Upper Miss Draft Reduction
    • St. Louis loading drafts reduced, approx. 10% or 100-200 tons per barge below normal capacity.
    • Illinois and Mid-Miss loading drafts reduced by approx. 6% or 100 tons per barge.
  • 2023 Upper Miss Closeout – ACBL has sent out our annual guidance for final release dates to the Upper Miss and final departure dates off of this river. Click here for our full guidance.

Lower Miss/Gulf/Canals/Tenn Tom

  • Lower Miss River Conditions – Due to the forecasted river stage and current operating conditions, ACBL has implemented tow-size restrictions varying across horsepower class. This reduction is expected to delay transit by 48-to-72 hours.
  • Arkansas High Flow Conditions – Starting May 5th, various vendors were stopped and / or standing by until river conditions improve due to high flows on the Arkansas River. As of May 13th, there has been local movement on the river, but the river continues to be shut down.
  • Van Buren Bridge Closure (AK 300) – Work has been rescheduled again to start on August 16th 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, through October 30th, 2024, to facilitate guide wall repairs from 07:00 to 16:00.
  • Bayou Boeuf Closure (WC 94) – Permanent repairs are expected to begin in approximately by the end of May with daily closures Monday thru Friday from 07:00 to 18:00. There will be two additional 83-hour closures during that 30-day window with dates to be determined.
  • Calcasieu Lock Closure (WC 238) – There will be weekday daytime closures starting May 13th thru May 31st from 06:00 to 18:00 to complete repairs prior to hurricane season.
  • Brazos Lock Closure (WC 401) – Daytime closure started August 31st, 2023, through October 2024. The daily closures from 07:00 to 19:00 to facilitate repairs are ongoing. 
  • San Jac / Old River Conditions – Due to flows in the area, various vendors and docks have experienced shutdowns from VTS since the night of May 3rd thru May 9th. As of May 13th, traffic is still backed up 24+ hours from the impact. Please contact your local dispatcher and / or sales representative regarding cancelation, make up, or alternative plans.
  • Demopolis Lock Closure (WT 213) – Closed to traffic for emergency repairs starting January 16th. Repairs are expected to complete by May 22nd but may linger thru May 30th.
  • Norfolk Southern Bridge Outage (WT 267) – There was an unexpected outage due to issues occurring during a planned maintenance period on March 28th. Repairs began April 4th with openings to traffic from 09:00 to 11:00 and 16:30 to 18:30. There is an additional 48-hr outage to occur during the second week of May; exact dates are to be determined.