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ACBL’s Daily River Conditions

Tuesday, April 16th, 2024

  • Pittsburgh Area – Currently Dashields North is a safety zone and is currently shut down due to a sunken barge and a breakaway. Over the weekend this area has experienced an extreme rise in the river levels, hindering the ability to move barges fleets to docks in the local area below the safety zone.
  • Lower Miss Rising River Conditions – Due to the forecasted river staged and current operating conditions, ACBL has implemented tow-size restrictions varying across horsepower class. This reduction is expected to delay transit by 48-to-72 hours.
  • 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.
  • Dashields Lock Closure (OR 13.03)– Shutdown due to sunken barge and breakaway.
  • Emsworth Lock Closure (OR06.20)– Shutdown due to sunken barge and breakaway.
  • Tell City / Hawesville Delays (OR 729) – There are no local port service providers in the areas of Hawesville and Tell City causing delays for local docks receiving barges.
  • 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 additional closure the morning of April 14th that lasted until noon on April 15th. April 16th 07:00 Passed14 tows in the last 24 hours that averaged 67.29 hours of delay. LPMS is showing 46 tows that have averaged 39.17 hours of delay.
  • Algiers Lock Delays (AC 0.0) – Due to the repairs in Port Allen, there are significant delays to transit at Algiers. April 16th 07:00 Passed 25 tows, in the last 24 hours, that averaged 11.40 hours of delay. LPMS is showing 27 tows waiting that have averaged 6.79 hours of delay.
  • 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. April 16th 00:07 Passed 17 tows, in the last 24 hours, that averaged 6.06 hours of delay. LPMS is showing 1 tow waiting that has averaged 22.58 hours of delay.
  • 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.


  • Red Indicator – Significant delay; 24+ hours
  • Purple Indicator – Intermediate delay; over six hours
  • Green Indicator – Brief delay; under six hours

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