Low Water Conditions Disrupting Barge Traffic

This article is taken from USDA's Sept. 21 Grain Transportation Report:

On September 17, low water conditions closed a section of the Illinois River near La Grange Lock and Dam.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning to begin dredging the Illinois River on September 21.

No completion date has been scheduled. As of September 21, there have been traffic delays at Ohio Locks and Dam 52 and 53 due to repair-related and low water conditions resulting in long waiting times for barges to transit the locks.

Generally, low water conditions reduce the cargo capacity of barges causing increases in freight rates.