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Lock Repairs Impact Barge Traffic; Possible Mid-Mississippi River Closure a Concern

Date Posted: December 13, 2012

This article is reprinted from the USDA's Dec. 13 Grain Transportation Report.

On December 10, the main chamber at Mississippi River Locks 27 was closed for repairs.

Traffic can transit Locks 27 through the smaller auxiliary lock, but with significant delays until the main chamber is reopened on or about March 1.

Barge traffic between the Arkansas River and the Mississippi River has stopped due to the closure of Montgomery Point Lock on the White River.

A 10-mile section of the White River connects the Arkansas River with the Mississippi River.

Montgomery Point could reopen between December 16 and 21, after completion of repairs.

Still pending is the possible closure of the mid-Mississippi River due to long-term decreases in river levels between St. Louis, MO, and Cairo, IL.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers indicates that projected mid-Mississippi River flows will sustain navigation through late December to early January.

For more information, call Surajudeen (Deen) Olowolayemo, USDA, at 202-694-3050.

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