Updated: wednesday, august 12, 2020
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2020 Illinois River Closure - Closures for repairs at various Locks on the Illinois River have begun and will last until the end of October 2020
The recent flood event on the Illinois has NOT impacted the start date to the extensive lock work on the Illinois River. Lock closures begin July 1st and the river is not scheduled to fully reopen until November 1st. Final dates for loading and unloading barges above the closure are rapidly approaching over the coming days. See the below links for details regarding this highly impactful event.
Today's Key Issues
West Canal Closure for Dredging (WC 603) - Due to severe shoaling on the West Canal near Padre Island between Corpus and Brownsville, USACE advising a full closure 1500 Tuesday 8/11 through 1500 Friday 8/14 to expedite dredge work at the most severely impacted areas of the channel. The dredge will continue work in the area for another 10-13 days with the expectation we will be able to pass some traffic during this second period of dredging.
The Corps has pushed back the opening of Lagrange Lock from 9/30 until 10/13 - The door was also left open for it to go the entire 120 days and complete on 10/29. This is a result of work they were not able to complete in the Spring due to the water being over the walls of the lock.
Barkley Lock (CR 31) - FULL closure from 0600 on 8/10 to 0600 on 8/17.
Increased delays through Kentucky Lock (TR 22) - The delays are a result of the closures at Barkley Lock (CR 31) which began on 7/20 and will be on/off until 8/28 (Full closure schedule). The average delay time is currently running around 18 hours.
L&I Railroad Bridge (OR 604) repairs in October ..... Please note that significant delays will take place on the Ohio River. Total river closures between 10/15 thru 10/20 and from 11/4 thru 11/9.
August Arkansas River Closures - USACE has advised David Terry Lock (AR 108) will close 8/19 - 8/29 effectively closing off access to Little Rock and above for 10-days. See our Arkansas River Closure letter for impacted shipping dates to and from the Arkansas.
September 2020 60 day Closure at Industrial Lock (LM 93) - USACE and GICA continue to work on reestablishing an alternate route during a 60-day closure at INHC Locks in NOLA, currently targeted to begin August 31st. ACBL Port Captains have advised max draft of 9'3" for barges destined to the East Canal, Warrior Tom, and Tenn Tom. Further details can be found on our 2020 Industrial Lock Closure page.
Lower Miss Tow Size Restriction and Shoaling- Swift currents and the shoaling potential are driving restricted towsize by 5-10 barges or a 14-28% reduction in productivity. Industry is watching an area above Baton Rouge (MM 292-295) where there are reported depths of only 13' in present water. With the river expected to fall late August, this area is a concern going forward.
Gulf and Canals Weather Update - Primarily good operating conditions forecast across the region this week, 8/10 - 8/14. Potential for intermittent and pop-up storms on the Canals which could drive delays for wind and/or heavy rains.