River Closures and Restricted Movements


  • 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.
  • Ohio River Low Water – Currently we are cut back 9 -10 percent on loading drafts full river due to Cumberland Bar OR923-925 gauge falling out.
  • McAlpine Lock Closure (OR 606) – Starting July 8th thru November 30th starting at 07:00 to 19:00 / up to 10 hours a day, there will be daily closures to downbound traffic while work is being conducted with normal operations resuming in the evening.
  • Markland Lock Closure (OR 531) – The main chamber will be closed to navigation for two separate four-week closures. The first closures will take place July 8th thru August 2nd, and the second from August 12th thru September 6th. All traffic will pass through the Auxiliary Chamber during the respective closures.
  • 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.
  • Kentucky Lock (TR 22) – Daily closures scheduled May 27th thru August 10th from 06:00-18:00 for replacement of Gate Fenders.

Chicago/Illinois/Upper Miss

  • Upper Miss High Water Update – Savage’s closure last week was followed by St. Paul’s harbor closure at 14′ of gauge on Sunday 6/23.  The present gauge forecast for St. Paul suggests that the river will not fall below 14′ and reopen until ~7/5.
    • Lock closures due to high water may be triggered on the Upper Miss below St. Paul. 
      • Lock 1 closed on 06/28 and to reopen today, 07/01.
      • Lock 3 closed on 06/29 and to reopen tomorrow, 07/02.
      • Lock 12 closed 07/01 and expected to reopen 07/20.
      • Lock 13 expected to close on 07/04 and expected to reopen 07/20.
      • Lock 16 & 17 closed 07/01 and expected to reopen on 07/20.
      • Lock 20 closed 07/03 and expected to reopen on 07/18.
      • Lock 11 through 18 all are facing potential closures based on forecast. More information to be determined.
      • Louisiana Railroad Bridge will close today, July 3rd, and expected to reopen on 07/17.
  • 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.

Lower Miss/Gulf/Canals/Tenn Tom

  • 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.
  • Port Allen Lock Closure (PA 63) – There will be two full closures to facilitate repairs from the incident in April. The first closure will take place July 30th thru August 3rd, and the second August 12th thru August 15th.
    • There will be an additional closure for the LA 1 Bridge on July 20th from 20:00 to 04:00 the following day.
  • Bayou Sorrel Lock Closure (PA 37) – Daily closures Monday through Friday resumed June 26th, 2023, through December 2024, to facilitate guide wall repairs from 07:00 to 16:00.
  • Leland Bowman Lock Closure (WC 163) – There will be additional daytime closures starting July 8th thru 11th from 07:00 to 19:00 each day.
  • Brazos Lock Closure (WC 401) – Daytime closure started August 31st, 2023, and is expected to last thru October 2024.
  • 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.
  • Holt Lock & Dam Closure (WT 347) – The lock has been closed indefinitely to transit since June 22nd at 12:00 due to cracking that was previously being monitored. Assessments are ongoing and more information is to be determined.
  • Hurricane Beryl – This system rapidly strengthened to a Category 4 over the weekend and is the first Cat. 4 June hurricane on record. Additionally, this system strengthened overnight July 1st to a Category 5, becoming the earliest Cat. 5 ever recorded. This hurricane is currently projected to reduce to a tropical storm and potentially impact between Tampico, Mexico and Corpus Christi, Texas around Sunday or Monday. We will continue to closely monitor and advise any impacts as determined.