River Closures & Restricted Movements


  • Olmsted Locks and Dam (OR 965)Effective 1400 CDT on 22 September 2021, project personnel will begin lowering wickets due to rising river elevations. During this process, navigation traffic will continue using the Lock Chambers. An update email will be sent when wickets have been lowered and the navigation pass opens to traffic.
  • Braddock Locks and Dam (MR 11) – Primary Chamber is CLOSED for repairs from 9/13 – 10/15 …. Auxiliary Chamber will be used during this repair period. Minor delays expected.
  • Wilson Lock (TR 259) – the MAIN chamber is NOW OPEN ….. they will lock southbound during the daylight and northbound during the night. Main closure to take place on 9-22-21 from 0700 to 1400 for inspection.
  • Lock 6 on the Allegheny River (AR 36) – still CLOSED as of 8-30-21 for repairs until further notice. Updates to come.

Chicago/Illinois/Upper Miss

  • Mel Price Main Chamber Closure 2022 – Main Chamber closed JAN 2022- Mar 2022 for Liftgate Replacement and Lock Dewatering.

Lower Miss/Gulf/Canals/Tenn Tom

  • Arkansas River (AK 10)due to the rapid drop in water levels in the Mississippi River and shoaling around mile 10 on the Arkansas River, the navigational channel has now become IMPASSABLE to commercial tows and is CLOSED. Dredging operations have began as of 9-22-21. At this time, there is NO estimate on when the channel will be passable and the dredging operations could go into early next week. Updates to follow.
  • Hurricane IDA Recovery- Recovery plans are now in full swing. This storm has caused major damage to areas in and around Greater New Orleans.  ACBL is coordinating recovery efforts with Industry and the USCG. Ensuring personnel, cargo, and equipment security remains our TOP priority. Transit delays are still expected as the Industry is getting back into a normal transportation pattern as boats, fleets, and shipyards recover from this Hurricane. Please contact your Sales representative with any questions you may have regarding the status of your cargo.
    • Please click here for additional details from GICA/ACOE update.
  • Port Allen Lock Delays still continue to build at Port Allen lock. As of 9:00 9/23/21, 17 tows on turn in the river and 17 tows on turn in the canal. Anticipated approximate delay: 48+ hours….. Lock Contact Information:   Bayou Sorrel Lock 225-659-7773.  Port Allen Lock 225-343-3752.
  • West Canal Closure – The West Canal will be closed from Morgan City MM90 to New Orleans until late October, due to significant amount of material in the waterway that needs to be dredged. USACE confirmed emergency dredging in this area will extend into late October as previously reported due to the sheer magnitude of the unprecedented shoaling and massive amounts of silt.
  • Lower Miss Conditions – Low water and the swift conditions continue to reduce loaded tow-size NBD by 5-10 loads or 25%-34%. Expect conditions to impact transits through mid Sep, although we will need some rain on the upper rivers to avoid low-water conditions as we move through harvest..
  • Algiers Lock Restrictions – Until further notice, tows over 60′ wide restricted to 600′ total length, and 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.
  • Belle Chasse Bridge Construction (WC 3)LADOT will begin construction activities 8/2 for the removal and replacement of the drawbridge at MM 3 behind Algiers Lock. Transit will see minimal delay during work, aside for intermittent 12-hr closures for work. USACE will keep industry informed of these closures as work progresses, expected throughout 2022. Expect delays to correlate between the intermittent closures and traffic at Algiers during this project.
  • Bayou Chene Closure – Due to floodgate construction, expect nightly closures (1900 – 0700) and assist vessel requirement transiting Bayou Chene. May drive delays to transit of the West Canal through the Morgan City area of 6-12 hrs.