Aug 16, 2018
Traffic is extremely slow moving through mile 530 on the Upper Miss due to low water
and shoaling – Traffic is moving NB without issue, we are still have problems SB. Expect slow
movement in this area, the Corps expects to have this issue corrected within 24 hours.
Calcasieu Lock (WC 238) Closure— Beginning on July 30, the lock will only be closed
Monday-Thursday from 07:00-17:00. The river will be open from Friday-Sunday. This change is
an effort to help control the major delays occurring at this lock. Contractors will demolish the
south chamber guide wall and start construction of a new guide wall. The lock will be closed
Monday-Thursday from 07:00—17:00 each day. Current queue is 91 boats, expect an
additional 4-6 days of delay in each direction.
PORT ALLEN CANAL:
Upcoming Bayou Sorrel (PA 36) Closure to Refurbish South Gates – This will be a full
closure of the Port Allen Canal 7 days a week from 8/29 until 11/29. Boats will use Algiers
as the alternate route. This closure, in conjunction with the Calcasieu closure, has the potential
to cause major delays, 24-48 hours in each direction.
Newburgh Lock (OR 776) closure—Beginning on 6/7 and ending on 10/4, the main chamber
will be closed, boats will use the auxiliary chamber. Expect ~24 hours of delay during this time
period. Current queue is 25 boats.
Spring Valley (IOR 218) 24 hour closure on 8/22 – The river will be closed from 08:00 on 8/22
through 08:00 on 8/23.
Beardstown area (mile 87-88) – The dredge is operating from 07:00 – 17:00, we can only move
through the area when the dredge is NOT operating. We are able to move all empty tows
through the area without disassembling them. All tows containing loads are being disassembled
prior to the dredging area and re-assembled once they are through. There are roughly 35 tows
waiting to get through. Expect a 2-3 day delay if you are transiting through this area. The work is
expected to complete by early September.
Daily River Closure at mile 811 on the Lower Miss – This closure will be for 12 hours each
day, 0630-1830, 7 days a week. This will be a full river closure during work hours, boats will only
transit at night through this area. As of 7/10, the project is an estimated 70% complete. The end
date has been set at 9/7, in order to not impact harvest.
Inland Waterway Weather Report
Daily rounds of moderate to locally heavy rain and the new
3-month outlooks highlight the weather today.
● A cold front stretches southwestward from a low
over northern IL into the Southern Plains. The
front will move slowly southeastward through
Saturday. A low will form along the front on
Sunday over the Southern Plains. The low will
move northeastward across the Middle
Mississippi/Illinois Valleys dragging the front
southeastward Monday/Tuesday. Daily rounds of
moderate to locally heavy rain is predicted..
7day QPF totals (through Thursday morning):
● 1 ½-3 ½” of rain is forecasted for the entire region.
Bill Frederick, USACE