This article has been reprinted from the Dec. 7 Grain Transportation Report.
In order to conduct repairs, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) has scheduled several lock closures on the Upper Mississippi River during the upcoming winter season.
Mississippi River Lock 14 (LeClaire, IA) and Lock 16 (Muscatine, IL) will be closed from December 12 until March 6, 2018.
In addition, Mississippi River Lock 18 (Burlington, IA) will be closed for repairs from December 16 until March 6, 2018.
During the winter, much of the Upper Mississippi River is frozen or has ice accumulations that limit or stop barge traffic.
Typically, the Corps will use this period to conduct repairs and maintenance to minimize the impact of the closure on barge traffic.
Depending upon the severity of the winter, barge navigation is possible year round in the St. Louis area of the Mississippi River as well as most of the Illinois River.