River Closures and Restricted Movements


  • Kentucky Lock Closure (TR 16) – Lock has been closed since ~20:00 Jan 2nd due to an electrical issue.  Most traffic has been routed through Barkley Lock, however there are 5 vessels showing on turn at Kentucky that have averaged 32.69 hours of delay.

Chicago/Illinois/Upper Miss

  • Upper Miss Low Water – The Upper Miss is forecasted to see decent water through mid-Jan and as such, we have regained tow size and increased loading draft guidance, for releases through this coming weekend.
    • ACBL Liquid drafts are 8”6” on the UMR, Illinois River and Tenn-Tom.
    • ACBL Dry loading drafts to 11′ SBD for barges loading St. Louis through Cairo, and will reevaluate Monday 1/9.
      • Drafts remain 8’6″ for NBD barges transiting to/from/through the St. Louis area; roughly 30-36% below normal drafts.
  • Upper Miss Closure for Dredging – The Dredge Jadwin is positioned at UM 46, requiring daily closures 0600 – 1800 for work. Expect traffic to pass each night once this begins and work to complete December 28th at 18:00.
  • Mel Price and Lock 27 Main Chamber Closures – Starting Jan 1, the main chamber at both Mel Price Lock (UM 200) and Lock 27 (UM 185) will be closed for maintenance. While the Auxiliary chamber will be in use, expect a potential for multi-day delays to transits above St. Louis. Ice conditions could exacerbate the impact of this work, scheduled through the end of March.
    • As of Jan 4th, there has been minimal delay due to this work.
  • Ice Conditions on the Illinois River and Upper Miss – Ice conditions are improving on the Illinois, but we remain impacted with Ice Couplings required at most locks.
    • As of 12/19, USACE began requiring Ice Couplings, and they remain required at Peoria (IR 158) and Marseilles (IR 245).
    • ACBL began building tow with Ice Couplings out of Cairo 12/16.
    • Tow sizes Chicago to Cairo have returned as of the New Year.
  • Lagrange Lock Delays – Due to congestion as fog delays, there is a 20-boat queue at Lagrange Lock (IR 82). Expect 3-day delays to transit, and the backlog to clear over the next week.
  • 2023 Illinois River 120-Day Closure – ACBL has released our guidance for shipments to/from the Illinois River and Chicago which will be impacted by the lock closures Jun – Sep 2023. Click Here for our full guidance. Please contact your sales representative if you have further questions.

Lower Miss/Gulf/Canals/Tenn Tom

  • Lower Miss Tow Size Improvements – ACBL is closely monitoring river conditions and has further increased NBD tow size to six-widths on the Lower. Our larger horsepower classes are the only group experiencing reductions of 15%.
  • Norrell Lock (AK 10) – Intermittent closure for repairs and a 70′ width restriction took place June 1st, 2022 thru August 4th. The lock was fully open from August 4th through the 8th. Daily closures resumed August 9th from 07:00 to 19:00 with no width restrictions, was briefly fully open from August 18th thru the 21st, and resumed daily closures August 22nd with 70′ width restrictions to take place until November 30th. The 70′ width restriction is expected to lift December 7th with daily closures ongoing from 07:00 to 19:00 until January 20th, 2023.
  • I-10 Bridge (MM229.3) – Safety advisory on LMR from MM228.5 – 230 AHP for the replacement of the fender system on Pier 5 of the I-10 bridge, on the left descending channel near MM229.3. The operation will be 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week from August 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023. Operations may extend in the channel at times and cause delays. Transit slowest safe speed to minimize wake.
  • White Castle (LM192.7 RDB) – USACE Revetment, No Deep draft transits during working hours. MSU will fold in at night. Jan 2 – 13, Jan 16 – 21.
  • Sunshine Bridge (LM167.5) – Nov 14 – May 30,2023 – Pier Fender replacement on the bridge. Slow safe speed with minimal wake requested 0600 – 1800 M-F.
  • LMR 85 – The pollution cleanup and salvage operations of the dredge W.B. WOOD in vicinity of MM 85 LMR, RDB continues. A slow bell and wide berth is in place for all vessel traffic 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. One way traffic is no longer required. Righting and dewatering of the dredge is scheduled for 26 January 2023 and then the dredge will be towed to Harvey Locks. For any questions/updates contact vessel on scene, MV CAPT KEDO monitoring VHF FM Channels 13 and 67, Marcel Garsaud with Wood Resources at 504-618-2929 or VTS Lower Mississippi River on VHF FM Channel 12 or at 504-365-2514.
  • Bayou Sorrel Intermittent Closures (PA 37) – The lock suspended the daily closure from August 1st Monday thru Thursday from 06:30 to 17:00 on October 20th. The contractor does not anticipate requiring further daytime restrictions until early- to mid-December. Additionally, daytime restrictions will be adjusted to five days of 9-hour restrictions from 07:00 to 16:00. The daily closures are projected to last till March 2023. Currently seeing minimal impact to transit.
  • Port Allen Projected Closure (PA 63.7) – There is a projected closure in mid-February to facilitate replacement of the bridge running adjacent to the canal. There is a projected full 24-hour closure, along with three to four additional closures lasting roughly eight hours each. Expecting firm dates to be established in late January.
  • Brazos Repair (WC 401) – Daily closure from Wednesday, 11 January 2023 thru Wednesday, 08 February 2023, from 07:00 to 19:00, Monday through Friday. Currently experiencing minimal delay.
  • Colorado Lock Closure (WC 440) – Resumption of work at the lock to begin December 5th thru January 27th, 2023 from 07:00 to 19:00.