Aug 17, 2017
LaGrange Lock delay is growing, 2+ days – 9 boats waiting turn, at this time, expect about 2.5 days of delay.
The 70ft wide tow restriction and closed locking hours from 06:00-17:00 Monday-Friday will go into effect once they raise the dam. This will cause 2-3 day delays both northbound and southbound.
Please expect longer transit and pick up times out of STL and all Illinois fleets, due to this disruption. We ask for your patience and understanding as we are managing the situation as best we can. LaGrange Lock and Dam, mi. 80.2 will be closed Monday through Saturday, from 0600 to 1700 hours beginning on Thursday,
15-June-2017 to Tuesday, 12-Sept-2017.
UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER:
Upper Miss mi. 331, now open, 1 way traffic, dredge on site – dredging is still ongoing, expect intermittent delays
Rock Pinnacle Removal/Dredging Work (UMR 38-46)
1. The long range forecast for the Mississippi River at Cape Girardeau indicates that river levels will be below 15-feet in late July. We will continue to monitor the forecasts and we will provide updates as we receive them.
2. USACE contractor, Massman Construction, will be working with two separate floating plants, consisting of barge mounted excavators between miles 46 and 38 UMR.
3. Massman Construction will be working from 07:00 to 19:00 hours, 7 days a week.
4. USCG will organize test tows to determine safe passage requirements during working hours.
Lock 52, dam is up, 26 boats waiting turn – at this time, expect about 1-1.5 days of delay – delay could build to 2-4 or more days of delay depending on volume. Outdraft flow is strong; an industry assist boat is helping tows navigate this area.
US Inland Waterways Weather Report
Above normal rainfall during the next three months highlights the weather
• A low is located over MN with a cold front stretching southwestward across
the Central/Southern Plains. The low will move northeastward today across
the Upper Mississippi Valley dragging the cold front southeastward. The
front will continue to move slowly southward today and become stationary
across the Tennessee/Arkansas/Middle Missouri Valleys tomorrow –
Monday. Moderate to locally heavy rain is expected during its passage. The
heaviest rain today will fall over northern TX with severe thunderstorms
also possible over portions of the Ohio Valley.
• Another cold front will move through the watershed Monday-Thursday with
moderate to locally heavy rain predicted during its passage.
7day QPF totals (through Thursday morning):
½-2 ½” of rain is forecasted for the entire watershed.
The Climate Prediction Center currently expects (8/22-8/30):
Below normal to normal precipitation over the region north of Keokuk.
Above normal to normal precipitation over the region south of Keokuk.
Below normal to normal temperatures over the entire region.
Bill Frederick, USACE