River Closures and Restricted Movements


  • Ohio River Draft Reduction
    • Ohio River SBD loading drafts reduced by approx. 12% or 200 tons per barge.
  • JT Myers Lock Closure (OR 846) – The Main Chamber at JT Myers will be closed August 21st through November 9th. Delays reached 4+ days late Oct.

Chicago/Illinois/Upper Miss

  • Upper Miss Draft Reduction
    • St. Louis loading drafts reduced, approx. 10% or 100-200 tons per barge below normal capacity.
    • Illinois and Mid-Miss loading drafts reduced by approx. 6% or 100 tons per barge.
  • 2023 Upper Miss Closeout – ACBL has sent out our annual guidance for final release dates to the Upper Miss and final departure dates off of this river. Click here for our full guidance.

Lower Miss/Gulf/Canals/Tenn Tom

  • Van Buren Bridge Closure (AK 300) – Work has been rescheduled again to start on August 16th 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.
  • Port Allen Emergency Closure (PA 63) – As of 03/28 P.M. there has been an emergency closure for repairs that is expected to last until April 24th.
  • LA HWY 1 Bridge Closure (PA 63) – There are three closures planned on April 22nd, 24th, and 26th respectively from 19:00 to 07:00 to support repairs.
  • Bayou Sorrel Lock Closure (PA 37) – Daily closures Monday through Friday resumed June 26th, 2023, through October 30th, 2024, to facilitate guide wall repairs from 07:00 to 16:00.
  • Industrial Lock Closure (EC 0.0) – There was an emergency closure for repairs the morning of March 30th and that lasted until April 6th. 
  • Algiers Lock Delays (AC 0.0) – Due to the repairs in Port Allen, there are significant delays to transit at Algiers. 
  • Bayou Boeuf Closure (WC 94) – Due to the emergency repairs at Port Allen, this closure has been postponed until further notice.
  • Brazos Lock Closure (WC 401) – Daytime closure started August 31st, 2023, and the completion of the work is unknown at this time. The daily closures from 07:00 to 19:00 to facilitate repairs are ongoing. 
  • Demopolis Lock Closure (WT 213) – Closed to traffic for emergency repairs starting January 16th. Repairs are expected to complete by the end of May.
  • Norfolk Southern Bridge Outage (WT 267) – There was an unexpected outage due to issues occurring during a planned maintenance period on March 28th. Repairs began April 4th with openings to traffic from 09:00 to 11:00 and 16:30 to 18:30.