DEC 13, 2018
Excessive lock delays: Boats in queue, delays per the USACE lock report.
Calcasieu (20 boats) 25 boats locked the last 24 hours 21 hour delay
Algiers (28 boats) 23 boats locked the last 24 hours 40 hour delay
Kentucky (12 boats) 14 boats locked the last 24 hours 18 hour delay
Upper Miss closed nightly around Chain of Rocks (UM 194) – Closures will begin at 17:00 on 12/12 and last through 07:00 on 12/18 for channel maintenance dredging. Expect delays at Mel Price during this closure, boats are bunching up when the river reopens each morning. Current queue is 10 boats.
Upper Mississippi Lock planned repair/completion dates in 2019.
UMR LOCK NO. 20 – MM343.2 – 3/5/2019
UMR LOCK NO. 18 – MM410.5 – 3/5/2019
UMR LOCK NO. 15 – MM482.9 – 3/5/2019
UMR LOCK NO. 11 – MM583.0 – 3/12/2019
Reduced tow sizes Cairo to Gulf – High water has reduced tow sizes between Cairo and the Gulf by one string, 5 barges. Expect this to last until Monday, 12/17 or Tuesday, 12/18.
Daylight only through Vicksburg bridge (LM 435) – Due to high water, tows can only transit through Vicksburg bridge during daylight hours, expect this to last for another 7-10 days.
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. The lock will be closed Monday-Thursday from 07:00—17:00 each day. Current queue is 11 boats.
PORT ALLEN CANAL:
EXTENDED TO 12/15 – 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 8/31 until approximately 12/15. Boats will use Algiers as the alternate route. The delay at Algiers is currently 39 boats in queue.
Illinois River 2019 Spring/Summer lock outages – Marseilles Lock and Starved Rock Lock will be closed to traffic 6/01/19 to 6/15/19 and 8/30/19 and 8/31/19 from 0600 to 1800 HRS. The locks will be open 1800 to 0600 HRS, but with a 70’ width restriction, assist boats will be required. Both locks will be closed to all navigation starting at 0100 8/16/19 to 2359 HRS 8/29/19. RIVER CLOSED 15 days.
Illinois River 2020 planned work at LaGrange, Peoria, Marseilles, Starved Rock Locks, 90-120 days closures, THIS WILL BE A COMPLETE RIVER CLOSURE.
The November 5th, 2018 informational webinar on the Illinois Waterways 2019 – 2020 Consolidated Closures can now be viewed on the Rock Island District*s YouTube channel at: https://youtu.be/ LlSLoP3662Q
Special Note – Please be aware Celtic’s Service Agreement under the “Tolls, Taxes, or User Charges” clause gives Celtic the right to bill costs for lock delays.
INLAND WATERWAY WEATER REPORT
Wet through Saturday followed by a week of dry weather highlights the
- A cold front stretches southwestward from a low over the
Great Lakes into northwestern TX. The low/front will move
through the watershed today with light to moderate rain
predicted during its passage.
- A low/cold front located over north/central TX will move
across the Lower Mississippi/Tennessee Valleys
today/tomorrow. This low/front is currently expected to
bring moderate to locally heavy rain to the region south of St
Louis through Saturday.
- High pressure will move into the watershed after the passage
of this front for potentially all of next week with mostly dry
weather and moderating temperatures predicted.
7day QPF totals (through Thursday morning):
- 1” or less of rain is forecasted for the region north of St Louis.
- 1-3 ½” of rain is forecasted for the region south of St Louis.
Bill Frederick, USACE