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ACBL’s Daily River Conditions

Wednesday, February 28th, 2024

  • 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.
  • Tell City/ Hawesville Delays – There are no local port service providers in the areas of Hawesville and Tell City causing delays for local docks receiving barges.
  • Meldahl Lock Closure (OR 436)– Delays due to unscheduled main chamber closure, the current average delays are currently 15.30 hours.
  • Van Buren Bridge Closure (AK 300) – Work has been rescheduled again to start on April 15th 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.
  • Togo Channel Closure (LM 408 – 418) – There was a full channel closure in the area due to a grounding that occurred overnight on 02/26. Northbound traffic resumed overnight on 02/27, with southbound traffic resuming the afternoon of 02/28.
  • Stone Placement Closure (LM 249) – January 23rd through February 29th there will be ongoing work for roughly 10 hours per day. There are no planned closures at this time, but there may be a northbound closure as work progresses.
  • Bayou Sorrel Lock Closure (PA 37) – Daily closures Monday through Friday resumed June 26th, 2023, to facilitate guide wall repairs from 07:00 to 16:30. Currently experiencing 30 hours of delay with 14 boats in queue.
  • Lapalco Bridge Closure (WC 2) – There will be daily closures Monday thru Friday from February 14th until March 1st from 07:00 to 18:00 to complete emergency dredge operations.
  • Bayou Boeuf Closure (WC 94) – There is a scheduled repair in March that will require up to three separate complete four-day closures. More information to come as announced.
    • There will be an additional daytime closure from 07:00 to 17:30 for up to a month that will run concurrent with the three separate closures for timber replacement to minimize delays.
  • Black Bayou Bridge Closure (WC 238) – Daytime closure started February 12th due to unexpected repairs. Repairs will take place Monday thru Friday from 05:00 to 08:00, and then 16:00 to 19:00 to facilitate repairs. There will also be closures Saturday and Sunday from 06:00 to 08:00, and then 17:00 to 19:00 to facilitate repairs.
  • Calcasieu Lock Closure (WC 238) – There was a planned closure on March 6th and 7th from 07:00 to 19:00 to facilitate repairs. Due to an allision, there will also be emergency repairs starting March 2nd requiring daytime closures from 06:00 to 18:00 through March 5th.
  • Ellender Bridge Closure (WC 243) – As of February 5th thru April 12th, there will be a closure to vessel traffic Monday thru Friday from 07:00 to 17:00 to facilitate repairs.
  • Brazos Lock Closure (WC 401) – Daytime closure started August 31st, 2023, thru February 29th, 2024, with daily closures from 07:00 to 19:00 to facilitate repairs. Currently experiencing minimal delay.
    • As of 01/25, due to gauge readings at the lock, there are restrictions at the lock of one load or two empties per lockage. When there are high differentials in the East and West locks, the lock will close to all traffic.
  • Demopolis Lock Closure (WT 213) – Closed to traffic for emergency repairs starting January 16th. ETC has been pushed out to Mid-May.
  • Delays to Transit at Panama Canal – Due to the lack of rainwater, there is significant delay to transit through the Panama Canal. Both north and southbound vessels are multiple days behind schedule, with smaller vessels averaging roughly a week worth of delay. In turn, expecting a delay to berthing schedules in the Gulf (NOLA, Mobile, Houston).

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