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

  • 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.
  • Stone Placement Closure (LM 249) – January 23rd through February 29th there will be ongoing work for roughly 10 hours per day. There are no planned closures at this time, but there may be a northbound closure as work progresses.
  • 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 28 hours of delay with 19 boats in queue.
  • Lapalco Bridge Closure (WC 2) – There will be daily closures Monday thru Friday from February 14th until March 1st from 07:00 to 18:00 to complete emergency dredge operations.
  • Bayou Boeuf Closure (WC 94) – There is a scheduled repair in March that will require up to three separate complete four-day closures. More information to come as announced.
    • There will be an additional daytime closure from 07:00 to 17:30 for up to a month that will run concurrent with the three separate closures for timber replacement to minimize delays.
  • 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.
  • Ellender Bridge Closure (WC 243) – As of February 5th through 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, thru February 29th, 2024, with daily closures from 07:00 to 19:00 to facilitate repairs. Currently experiencing minimal delay.
    • 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.
  • Colorado Lock Closure (WC 440) – There are planned daily closures for repairs starting February 26th to complete dive operations over the course of 10 days.
  • Demopolis Lock Closure (WT 213) – Closed to traffic for emergency repairs starting January 16th. ETC has been pushed out to Mid-May.
  • Amory (Cochran) Lock Closure (TT 371) – Closed to traffic for emergency repairs from February 22nd and expected thru the 27th.