July 12, 2018
Calcasieu Lock Closure—Contractors will demolish the south chamber guide wall and start construction of a new guide wall. The lock will be closed Monday-Friday from 07:00—17:00 each day. Expect 12-24 hours of delay each way Monday-Friday. Current queue is 79 boats, expect an additional 4-6 days of delay in each direction
Lock 52: The current river stage at Lock 52 is 17.8’ and falling, expected to reach 15.5’ on 7/13 on 7/15 with no additional rainfall. The flows were too swift this morning to close the miter gates and open the lock chambers. The Corps expects to complete the wicket repairs by this evening. If this happens, they expect to have the Nav Pass open around 1900 tonight, once all of the repair equipment has been cleared. The Corps is expected to raise the first set of wickets tomorrow morning. It will take around 12 hours to raise these wickets. While these are being raised traffic will continue to run the Nav Pass as long as the river stage is 15.5’ or higher. Once the river stage reaches 15.5’ tomorrow afternoon, traffic will only be able to utilize the lock chamber. The Corps plans to operate Lock 52 for 30 – 60 days this summer, to allow for additional training and the demolition of Lock 53.
Olmsted: The current river stage at Olmsted is 21.0’
Wicket Lifter Training: Training is expected to resume Monday on the wicket lifter
Barge Recovery: Salvage operations will resume on the sunken barge tomorrow. The operation is expected to take 8-10 days to accomplish once work resumes.
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.
BLACK WARRIOR RIVER:
Bankhead Lock – Mile 365 Warrior River will be closed from July 11th 0700 through August 7th 1900.
Holt Lock – Mile 347 Warrior River will be closed from July 10th 0700 through August 8th 1900.
PORT ALLEN CANAL:
Bayou Sorrel Closure: This will be a full closure 7 days a week from 8/15 until 11/15. 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.
High water on the Upper Miss has resulted in reduced tow sizes— Tows from St. Paul (UM 837) to Red Wing (UM 791) have been reduced from 12 barges to 6 barges. Red Wing to Prairie Du Chien (UM 635) have been reduced from 12 barges to 9 barges. Prairie Du Chien (UM 635) to Davenport (UM 474) have been reduced from 15 barges to 12. Expect an additional 4-6 days in await pick-up time.
Reduced tow size Southbound between St. Louis and Cairo due to high water—Tow sizes have been reduced by one string, 5 barges, expect this to continue until the middle of this week.
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.
Arthur V. Ormond Lock and Dam 9 (AR 176.9) will be closed to navigation traffic July 11 @ 0700 through July 14 @ 0700. This closure is to complete electrical repairs to the lock’s interlock controls.