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ACBL’s Daily River Conditions

Thursday, July 18th, 2024

  • Upper Miss High Water Update – Currently conditions are looking favorable by the end of this week 07/14. At this time, we are planning to have our first timing depart for the UM by the end of this week as long as the conditions continue to be favorable.
    • Lock closures due to high water may be triggered on the Upper Miss below St. Paul. 
      • Lock 12 closed 07/01 and expected to reopen 07/19.
      • Lock 13 closed 07/04 and expected to reopen 07/19.
      • Lock 16 & 17 closed 07/01 and expected to reopen on 07/19.
      • Lock 20 closed 07/03 and expected to reopen on 07/16
      • Louisiana Railroad Bridge closed July 3rd and expected to reopen on 07/13.
  • 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.
  • Saint Louis Highwater (UM200-UM01)– There is significant highwater and heavy drift in the area causing extreme delays in the area regarding fleet work and transiting. Currently, tow size has been reduced by 20 percent.
  • Beardstown Illinois River Closure (IR88) Currently this area only has 7 ft of water and is currently unpassable. Due to this issue the corps is bringing a dredge into this area to start dredging. This is going to take place Wednesday 07/18 or Thursday 07/19 and complete on Friday 07/20. Until this is completed there will be no North Bound or South Bound traffic able to pass and all boats will be stopped awaiting the dredge completion.
  • Ohio River Low Water – Currently we are cut back 9 -10 percent on loading drafts full river due to Cumberland Bar OR923-925 gauge falling out.
  • McAlpine Lock Closure (OR 606) – Starting July 8th thru November 30th starting at 07:00 to 19:00 / up to 10 hours a day, there will be daily closures to downbound traffic while work is being conducted with normal operations resuming in the evening.
  • Markland Lock Closure (OR 531) – The main chamber will be closed to navigation for two separate four-week closures. The first closures will take place July 8th thru August 2nd, and the second from August 12th thru September 6th. All traffic will pass through the Auxiliary Chamber during the respective closures. July 9th 07:00 Passed 5 tows, in the last 24 hours, that averaged 5.14 hours of delay. LPMS is showing 2 tows waiting that have averaged 3.57 hours of delay.
  • Hannibal Lock Closure (OR 126) – The primary chamber will be down for maintenance work from June 3rd to November 8th starting 06:00 to 23:59. The auxiliary chamber will remain open to navigation during that period, but there will be instances announced in advance where both chambers are closed for up to 12 hours to facilitate concrete placement. July 10th 07:00 Passed 12 tows, in the last 24 hours, that averaged 14.40 hours of delay. LPMS is showing 6 tows waiting that have averaged 4.80 hours of delay.
  • Wilson Lock (TR 259) – There will be daily closures to facilitate repairs from July 8th thru 18th from 06:00 to 18:00. There will be an additional closure July 22nd thru August 8th from 06:00 to 18:00. During this time, the auxiliary chamber will remain open to transit. July 10th 07:00 Passed 2 tows, in the last 24 hours, that averaged 16.11 hours of delay. LPMS is showing 2 tows waiting that have averaged 22.07 hours of delay.
  • Kentucky Lock (TR 22)Daily closures scheduled June 11th thru July 24th from 06:00-18:00 for replacement of Gate Fenders. July 10th 02:30 Passed 9 tows, in the last 24 hours, that averaged 12.46 hours of delay. LPMS is showing 8 tows waiting that have averaged 9.81 hours of delay.
  • Cedar Point Closure (LM 759) – There are daily southbound closures that started July 10th from 07:00 to 19:00. Not expecting any impact to northbound transit at this time. Completion is anticipated for September 18th.
  • Webbers Falls Lock Closure (AK 366) – Tulsa District USACE is scheduling a complete maintenance closure of Webbers Falls L&D 16, 26 August through 8 September 2024 to inspect downstream miter gates.  Intermittent delays are expected to occur in the weeks preceding the closure as well. More information to be determined.
  • Van Buren Bridge Closure (AK 300) – Rehabilitation work will begin August 22nd thru September 8th from 05:00 to 17:00. During this time the bridge will remain in the lowered position. However, onsite crews will attempt to clear traffic on day 9 or 10 while test lifts are being conducted. Additionally, shuttle barges will be permitted to pass beneath the closed span while the navigation span is clear of equipment.
  • Port Allen Lock Closure (PA 63) – There will be two full closures to facilitate repairs from the incident in April. The first closure will take place Tuesday, July 30th, 7am thru Saturday, August 3rd, 7pm and the second 7am Monday, August 12th thru Thursday, August 15th, 7pm.
    • There will be an additional closure for the LA 1 Bridge on July 20th from 20:00 to 04:00 the following day.
  • Bayou Sorrel Lock Closure (PA 37) – Daily closures Monday through Friday resumed June 26th, 2023, through December 2024, to facilitate guide wall repairs from 07:00 to 16:00. July 16th 07:00 Passed 9 tows, in the last 24 hours, that averaged 14.65 hours of delay. LPMS is showing 18 tows waiting that have averaged 9.69 hours of delay.
  • Brazos Lock Closure (WC 401) – Daytime closure started August 31st, 2023, and is expected to last thru October 2024. July 16th 07:00 Passed 24 tows, in the last 24 hours, that averaged 2.19 hours of delay. LPMS is showing 0 tows waiting that have averaged 0.00 hours of delay.
  • John C Stennis Lock Closure (TT 334) – There will be a 30-day closure starting September 3rd at 06:00 until October 3rd at 06:00.
  • Aberdeen Lock Closure (TT 357) – There will be a 30-day closure starting September 4th at 06:00 until October 4th at 06:00.
  • Holt Lock & Dam Closure (WT 347) – The lock has been closed indefinitely to transit since June 22nd at 12:00 due to cracking that was previously being monitored. Currently, repairs are expected to take up to five months to complete.

Legend

  • Red Indicator – Significant delay; 24+ hours
  • Purple Indicator – Intermediate delay; over six hours
  • Green Indicator – Brief delay; under six hours

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