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ACBL’s Daily River Conditions

Thursday, June 13th, 2024

  • Lower Miss River Conditions – Due to the forecasted river stage and current operating conditions, ACBL has implemented tow-size restrictions varying across horsepower class. This reduction is expected to delay transit by 48-to-72 hours.
  • High Water Savage (MN 13.50) Due to high water conditions transits from Saint Paul to Savage will be suspended. We anticipate this high water to last for the next 5 days.
  • Highwater Upper Miss (UM01-200) Due to highwater Saint Louis south will create delays getting in and out of fleets and increasing transit times. There is also extreme drift in the river causing hazardous conditions. Currently there is a 20 percent reduction in tow size on the Upper Miss STL thru Cape both directions. Due to these conditions, our vessels will only operate daytime hours through Cape. These conditions are expected to last over the next week.
  • 2025 Planned Illinois River Lock Port Closure – The closure of the Lockport Lock, River Mile 291, starting January 14th, 2025, through March 11th, 2025. The purpose of this closure is for the installation of the new Vertical Lift Gates, and sill & seal modifications and repairs. This closure will inhibit the ability to move barges from the Illinois to Chicago and Chicago to Illinois.
  • Tell City / Hawesville Delays (OR 729) – There are no local port service providers in the areas of Hawesville and Tell City causing delays for local docks receiving barges.
  • Hannibal Lock Closure (OR 126) – The primary chamber will be down for maintenance work from June 3rd to November 8th starting 06:00 to 23:59. The auxiliary chamber will remain open to navigation during that period, but there will be instances announced in advance where both chambers are closed for up to 12 hours to facilitate concrete placement. June 10th 07:00 Passed 10 tows, in the last 24 hours, that averaged 8.12 hours of delay. LPMS is showing 1 tow waiting that has averaged 2.83 hours of delay.
  • Van Buren Bridge Closure (AK 300) – Work has been rescheduled again to start on August 16th and will last approximately 18 days. Traffic is expected to be cleared after the ninth day. Vessels will also be allowed to transit when the span is clear of equipment.
  • Bayou Sorrel Lock Closure (PA 37) – Daily closures Monday through Friday resumed June 26th, 2023, through October 30th, 2024, to facilitate guide wall repairs from 07:00 to 16:00. Lock was unavailable 05:35-07:12, then again 20:40 6/12-00:21 6/13. June 13th 07:00 Passed 12 tows, in the last 24 hours, that averaged 44.29 hours of delay. LPMS is showing 28 tows waiting that have averaged 24.93 hours of delay.
  • Industrial Lock Closure (EC 0.0)Lock was unavailable 06:24-09:08, 16:16-18:23 6/12 for bridge hours. June 13th 07:00 Passed 14 tows in the last 24 hours that averaged 40.18 hours of delay. LPMS is showing 26 tows that have averaged 28.10 hours of delay.
  • Belle Chasse Bridge Closure (AC 3.5) – The bridge has been unable to open to marine traffic since the morning of June 5th. Repairs expected to be completed June 15th as of June 12th. Transits are being delayed and going through Harvey as an alternative.
  • Bayou Boeuf Closure (WC 94) – There will be two total closures: First one will be 07:00 June 11th through 18:00 June 14th. Second one will be 07:00 June 18th through 18:00 June 21st.
  • Brazos Lock Closure (WC 401) – Daytime closure started August 31st, 2023, and the completion of the work is unknown at this time. Project was available all day 6/12. LPMS is not showing any transits since 04:28 6/13. June 13th 04:28 Passed 30 tows, in the last 24 hours, that averaged 16.60 hours of delay. LPMS is showing 0 tows waiting that have averaged 0.00 hours of delay.
  • John C Stennis Lock Closure (TT 334) – There will be a 30-day closure starting September 3rd at 06:00 until October 3rd at 06:00.
  • Aberdeen Lock Closure (TT 357) – There will be a 30-day closure starting September 4th at 06:00 until October 4th at 06:00.

Legend

  • Red Indicator – Significant delay; 24+ hours
  • Purple Indicator – Intermediate delay; over six hours
  • Green Indicator – Brief delay; under six hours

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