OCT 4, 2018
Newburgh Lock (OR 776) – The recent high water is likely to push out the completion date by 4 to 5 days. We will send out a confirmation once this is confirmed. The river is now falling, there continues to be NO indication of going to daylight only lockings. Beginning on 6/7 and ending between 10/10-12, the main chamber will be closed, boats will use the auxiliary chamber. The re-opening date has been pushed back to 10/10-12 due to the recent high water restrictions. Expect around 24 hours of delay during this time period. Current queue is 14 boats.
High water on the Upper Miss has reduced our max tow size SB to 9-12 barges – We are currently restricted to 9 barges from St. Paul to PDC (UM635), this is a reduction of 6 barges per tow. We are also restricted to 12 barges from PDC to Davenport (UM 483), this is a reduction of 3 barges per tow.
Mile 309 for bridge allusion – The Hannibal RR Bridge was struck late night by a crane barge. An inspector is due t arrive this afternoon to assess the situation. Best estimate is the river will reopen this evening.
Lock 25 (UM 241) for salvage operations – The barges from last week’s accident are still pushed against the dam. Salvage operations to remove them from the dam are expected to begin this week. The boat performing the salvage work is being repaired and currently unavailable. Once it begins, expect daylight closures for a couple of days while the work is completed.
McKinley Bridge (UM 182) – Closures will be intermittent and take place from 0900 – 1500 daily until 10/9.
Reduced tow sizes SB from Cairo to Gulf – Reduced tow size by one string
(5 barges per tow). Expect an additional 3 days in transit time until stages return to normal.
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 29 boats.
PORT ALLEN CANAL:
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 11/30. Boats will use Algiers as the alternate route. The delay at Algiers is beginning to build, currently 32 boats in queue. This closure has the potential to cause major delays, 18-24 hours in each direction.
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.