River Closures and Restricted Movements

Ohio/Tennessee/Cumberland

  • Cannelton Lock Main Chamber Closure (OR 720)Main Chamber will close for repairs July 5th through November 11th. Traffic will pass through the Auxiliary chamber, requiring two cuts for most tows. Expect delays similar to the recent Belleville Lock closure (18-36 Hrs).
  • Wilson Lock Delays (TR 259) – Wilson Lock is seeing 2+ days of delay due to a SBD daylight restriction. While the repairs are complete, there remains an issue with the floating guidewalls on the SBD approach.
  • Belleville Lock Daytime Closure (OR 204) – Daytime Closure for repairs September 7th through the 30th. Currently seeing less than 12hrs in delay to transit due to this closure.
  • Montgomery Lock Main Chamber Closure (OR 32) – We are a month out from another major disruption at Montgomery Lock. Main chamber closure is planned October 17th through December 16th. The auxiliary chamber will remain in use,
  • Cumberland River Closure for Bridge Span Install (CR 1) – September 12 – 14, expect a 3 day closure near the intersection of the Cumberland River with the Ohio River for the installation of a new bridge span in Smithland, KY. Further details to come.
  • Kentucky Lock Closure (TR 22.4) – Daylight closure from 06:00 – 18:00 is projected to begin September 6th through the 26th to repair damage to one of the empty valves of the lock.

Chicago/Illinois/Upper Miss

  • Peoria Lock Reopened (IR 157) Work to the fish barrier has completed as of 9/20 and Peoria lock has resumed full operations.
  • Upper Miss Closeout – ACBL has published our final loading dates for shipments into the Upper Miss ahead of the Winter Closure. Our final loading dates from the Gulf origins will be October 10th for Dubuque, IA to St. Paul, MN and October 24th for St. Louis, MO thru Clinton, IA. Please review and get in touch with your ACBL sales representative if you have any questions. Click Here for the full closeout notice.
  • Mel Price Main Chamber Closure – Main Chamber closed Dec 2022- Mar 2023 for Liftgate Replacement and Lock Dewatering.
  • Marseilles, Dresden Island, Brandon Rock Lock Closure 2023 – All 4 Locks will have a full closure June Thru September 2023 for repairs.

Lower Miss/Gulf/Canals/Tenn Tom

  • Historic Lower Miss Low Water Conditions – River Levels continue to fall on the Lower Miss with severe impacts to navigation not seen since 1988. Expect Industry to see significant delays to barge transits and ton-miles production driven by drastic reductions to boat and barge capacity.
    • ACBL is working to crew all available boats and mobilize equipment to combat these conditions.
    • Industry has reduced the SBD drafts to 9’6″. This change reflects a 20-27% reduction to tons per barge versus normal conditions. NBD drafts will remain at 9’6″.
    • Industry has agreed to 25-barge max tow size SBD, reflecting a 17-38% reduction in tow size.
    • Groundings have been driving intermittent closures of 12-36 hrs over the past two weeks. Industry has worked two groundings and corresponding closures today at MM 770 and 440.
    • Docks and harbors may see further draft restrictions locally, some reportedly at 7′ max.
    • USACE is engaging additional buoy boats to improve navigational aids as well as two dredges.
    • Expect these issues to continue well into October based on forecasted precip.
  • 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.
  • Joe Hardin Lock (AK 50) – Intermittent closure for repairs from 07:00-19:00 starting September 19th thru the 29th. A full closure will then take place from September 30th thru October 9th.
  • Emmett Sanders Lock (AK 66) – Full closure to install new wiring for the lock from starting October 2nd thru the 6th.
  • Knowlton Revetment (LM 618) – Work will begin on Monday 9/26/22 and continue through 10/10/22. Due to the nature and location of this work, there will be a full closure to South bound tows from 0700-1900 daily for the duration of this project. 
  • Stack Island Dredging (LM 485) – Work is expected to begin 09/30 and last for 10-14 days. Currently expect an initial 24-36 hours closure, intermittent closures in the days following, and then running traffic based on queue size.
  • Old River Lock (LM 305) – Daily closure started August 1st from 06:00-19:30 and lasts through August 29th. Additionally, a second closure commencing approximately August 30th through November 12th 2022 for installation of two miter gates and repairing lock chamber expansion joints, which will necessitate a full closure.
  • Baton Rouge Intermittent Closure (LM 232.4 – 233.4)- Daily closure to all vessel traffic starting October 5th through October 7th from 08:00-11:00 and 14:00-17:00 each day for a fiber cable replacement operation.
  • 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.
  • Donaldsonville Daily Closure (LM 189) – Nightly closures starting approximately October 17th through November 8th 1900 – 0700 for a pipeline removal project. Expect no closures 10/23-25 and 11/1-3 for a break in work.
  • Algiers Lock Restrictions – Tows 60′ wide restricted to 600′ total length. Tows less than 60′ wide restricted to 700′ total length. Two 30K barges or Four regulation barges able to lock through in one go, but greater configurations require assistance. Additionally, USACE anticipates a few DAYTIME closures in the fall to address lock joint repairs.
  • Port Allen Route Closure (PA 32) – Daily Closure starting September 29th through October 1st from 06:00 to 18:00 for a dredging operation.
  • Bayou Sorrel Intermittent Closures (PA 37) – The lock resumed the daily closure on August 1st Monday thru Thursday from 06:30 to 17:00. Projected to last till March 2023. Currently not anticipating any significant closures or restrictions.
  • Inner Harbor Navigation Canal – USACE anticipates work should begin this fall (Nov/Dec). Some DAYTIME closures are expected, but timing is unknown at this time. Majority of work should not require lock closures.