River Closures and Restricted Movements


  • Fort Loudon Lock Closure (TR 602) – Closure for maintenance 4/18 – 4/25 with intermittent closures 4/26 – 5/5. Heavily impacts transit to/from Knoxville, expect 3-7 days of delay late April.
  • Cannelton Lock Closure (OR 720) – Intermittent closures 1/26 – 5/26 for replacement of Mooring tracks. Closures weekly on Wednesdays and Thursdays for up to 12-hours.
  • Cheatham Lock Closure (CR 149) – Complete closure began as planned Monday, May 16th and will run through August 5th with 5 openings scheduled to pass traffic. Click here for the closure/opening schedule. Expect six 2-week time periods with 11 days of closure followed by 3 days of unrestricted operation. Delays will climb to 5-10 days depending on arrival in the lock queue and disrupt service to/from Nashville. Click Here for ACBL’s Commercial Update to our Customers impacted by this closure.
  • Wilson Lock Reopened (TR 260) Main chamber resumed operation at 0730 4/28 as scheduled. Currently locking SBD during daylight hours only as the area works through recent precip and congestion. Expect normal transit to resume mid-May.
  • Pickwick Lock Main Chamber Closure (TR 206) – During a routine inspection, a potential structural issue was found in the Main Chamber and as a result the chamber is closed to navigation effective immediately (May 24th). Auxilliary chamber is still in available for transit and can run 9-regulation barges. Industry will be closely watching for the results of further inspections and expect delays to worsen if the chamber requires immediate repairs.
  • Greenup Lock (OR 342) and Belleview Lock (OR 204) Main Chamber Closures – Starting 5/1 through 6/29, the Main Chamber at both locks will be closed for repairs. Auxiliary chamber will be available at both locks, but expect delays to transit and fleet shifting in the area during this closure. Currently seeing 37+ hrs delay due to the double-lockings in the auxiliary chamber at Belleville and 20+ hrs delay at Greenup. As of this morning, there were 17 tows at Belleville and 20 tows at Greenup.

Chicago/Illinois/Upper Miss

  • Illinois River Flash-Flood Conditions near Marseilles and Dresden Island- Due to heavy precip and flash-flooding, river levels will be significantly elevated through next week. ACBL boats are seeing delays to transit due to bridge clearance issues and high flows and may be stopped for portions of the weekend.
  • Sunken Barge near Cape Girardeau (UM 49) – Sunday evening, 5/8, the channel was closed at UM49 due to a sinking barge in the channel. Traffic began to resume Monday 5/9. Tow size is restricted to 30 barges max NBD and SBD is dependent on horsepower class (8K and above can shove 25, 8K and below restricted to 20). Larger tows are transiting during daylight hours only. Salvage operations have commenced and may take as long as three weeks to complete. All eyes are on the river stage, as if the river falls out as predicted we could lose additional tow size this coming weekend.
  • Brandon Road Lock Restriction and Closure 2022 -Repair Closures May 9th through September 8th. First phase is a Daytime hour closure, with a 70’ width restriction when lock is open nightly. August 15th thru September 4th will see a Full Closure. Expect 12-24 hrs delay to transit to/from Lemont during the daytime work schedule. Click Here for ACBL’s Commercial Update to our Customers impacted by the full closure this August.
  • Mel Price Main Chamber Closure – Main Chamber closed Dec 2022- Mar 2023 for Liftgate Replacement and Lock Dewatering.
  • Marseilles and Dresden Island- Due to high flows and tremendous amount of rain fall in this area. ACBL boats are unable to transit due to bridge clearance issues and high flows. We anticipate this to reside around 05/06-05/07. Currently two ACBL boats are stopped in this area unable to move north bound to Channahon.
  • Starved Rock, Marseilles, Dresden Island, Brandon Rock Lock Closure 2023 – All 4 Locks will have a full closure June Thru September 2023 for repairs.

Lower Miss/Gulf/Canals/Tenn Tom

  • Flood Action Stage Reached on the Lower Miss and Gulf
    • Lower Miss has been in Flood Action Restrictions since early Feb. Tow sizes remain cut-back by 12-16% and vessels stopping SBD overnight at Vicksburg and Memphis on a boat-by-boat basis.
    • Baton Rouge gauge reached 30′ on March 5th and as such tows continue to be restricted to tow-size and HP requirements per USCG flood regulations. River remains over 30′ and crested May 24th at 32.9′, projected to fall below 30′ May 28th.
    • New Orleans gauge reached 12′ on May 21st, enacting fleet surcharges and USCG Flood restrictions in the Gulf. Based on the projections, expect to be out of these conditions by the end of May.
    • Industry will be closely watching the forecasted precip on the Northern Rivers. We expect restrictions to alleviate headed into June, but additional precip may extend the length of this event.
  • Lower Miss Revetment and Bank Securing (LM 807) – Starting 05/10, Tuesday, USACE expecting a 30 day revetment project on the Lower Miss. Expect this project to have daytime closures for southbound traffic from 06:00 – 18:00. Southbound traffic to check in at Hickman Point (824 LMR) and Northbound Vessels @ Island 26 (800 LMR). The Kacie Luhr will be the onsite contact vessel and will standby on VHF 13 or 72, or phone 573-803-7931. The M/V Kacie Luhr will maintain and manage the queue throughout the duration of this project. USACE and Industry will be discussing dates, queue procedures, etc. Too little is confirmed to outline the transit impact at this time.
  • Old River Lock (LM 305) – Will be closed to navigation commencing on approximately 15 August 2022 and continuing through approximately 13 November 2022, for installation of two miter gates and repairing lock chamber expansion joints, which will necessitate the continuous closure.
  • Algiers Lock Restrictions – Tows 60′ wide restricted to 600′ total length. Tows less than 60′ wide restricted to 700′ total length. Two 30K barges or Four regulation barges able to lock through in one go, but greater configurations require assistance. Potentially two weeks of DAYTIME closures in July 2022, Monday thru Thursday to support the deployment of divers to patch a crack. Additionally, USACE anticipates a few DAYTIME closures in the fall to address lock joint repairs.
  • Bayou Sorrel Daytime Closures (PA 37) – Since March 17, Bayou Sorrel has been closed 06:30 – 17:00 daily for repairs. Projected to last till Feb 28th, 2023. Work is being delayed due to Flood Action stage on the Port Allen. Work will resume once the Bayou Sorrel river stage is at or below 5′. Current delays are at 11 hrs and there were 8 tows waiting as of this morning.
  • Bayou Sorrel Bridge Closures (PA 37) – Resumed bridge opening schedule to complete fendering system repairs Monday thru Thursday, lasting until May 31st. The bridge will be available from 9PM until 4AM for vessel transits and will open on demand as needed.
  • Bayou Beouf Closure – Work requiring daylight closures completed May 16th. Note in July or August 2022 USACE anticipates needing 2-3 days of FULL 24 hours closures to repair two (2) damaged hinges. USACE will repair one hinge, reopen lock to traffic to clear any queue and then complete the second and final hinge repair. 
  • Calcasieu Lock Closure (WC 239) – Daylight Closures 0700 – 1800 Mon. – Thurs. March 22nd through August 25th. Expect 12-24 hrs delay and potentially more pending ability to clear the backlog daily.
  • Brazzos Floodgates (WC 401) – Daylight Closures 0700 – 1700 Mon – Fri through 01 July 2022. Expect 24-36 hrs delay.
  • Harvey Canal : 4 St Drawbridge across Harvey Canal, mile .02 will not open to vessels from 6am 4/19 to 6pm June 4.
  • Port Allen (PA 63) – Daytime closure starting May 31st through June 7th from 06:00 – 18:30 Monday thru Friday to remove one of the Tainter Valves. The lock will pass traffic as usual after hours. Expect 12-24 hrs delay and potentially more pending ability to clear the backlog daily.
  • Inner Harbor Navigation Canal – USACE anticipates work should begin this fall (Nov/Dec). Some DAYTIME closures are expected, but timing is unknown at this time. Majority of work should not require lock closures.
  • Demopolis Lock (TT 213.20) – Will be closed to traffic from June 8th at 06:00 to June 9th at 16:30 to swap the lock over to temporary hydraulic lines ahead of pipe replacement. Additionally, a locking restriction of “Red Flag” barges will be starting June 6th from 06:00 to 16:30 Monday thru Saturday for approximately 5-6 weeks.