Posts Tagged ‘Mississippi River’

Corps: River closing has barges running nearly a half-day behind

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says delays of barge traffic have run about 10 hours since the Corps began closing a three-mile stretch of the Mississippi River from dawn to dusk to reinforce a section of river bank between Memphis, Tennessee and Greenville. The Corps said backups of barge traffic that […] [...]

Corps’ closing of river could impact grain exports

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Closing the Mississippi River to reinforce part of the bank at the height of a record harvest season could do serious damage to grain exports, says the Waterways Council Inc., a trade group for barge shipping. The Army Corps of Engineers is closing a three-mile stretch between Memphis and Greenville during the […] [...]

Corps’ work on Steele Bayou project delayed due to high water

VICKSBURG — The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Vicksburg District’s work on the Steel Bayou Drainage Structure Outlet Channel Repair Project near the Mississippi Highway 465 bridge is approximately 88 percent complete. Work was delayed because the contractor was unable to move upstream of Highway 465 to complete rock work due to high […] [...]

Louisiana firm to begin dredging Vicksburg Harbor next week

VICKSBURG — The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District will begin dredging the Vicksburg Harbor on Nov. 3. The dredging project is scheduled to take 11 days. The dredging is an annual activity that ensures the navigation channel is clear from sediment buildup left by the natural flow of the Mississippi and rainfall […] [...]

Mississippi River bridge to be named for towboat pioneer

GREENVILLE — The U.S. Highway 82 bridge over the Mississippi River at Greenville will be named for towboat industry pioneer Jesse Brent. The Mississippi Department of Transportation ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Oct. 15 by the base of bridge in Harlow’s Event Center. Brent founded Greenville Towing Company in 1956. He served as […] [...]

Corps awards river dredging contract to Louisiana firm

VICKSBURG — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District has awarded a contract to dredge on the Mississippi River for $4,390,701 to Weeks Marine Inc., of Covington, Louisiana. The work consists of furnishing, delivering and operating one cutterhead, hydraulic pipeline dredge, of which Weeks Marine owns seven. The Vicksburg District encompasses 68,000 square miles […] [...]

Mississippi River mayors announce ‘seed money’ for waterfront developments

NEW ORLEANS — A new fund will help provide seed money for sustainable waterfront development in cities and towns along the Mississippi River, the mayor of Dubuque, Iowa, said yesterday. Roy Buol is co-chair of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative, which consists of mayors of 65 riverfront cities and towns in 10 states, […] [...]

Corps official: River needs larger ports, locks and dams

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Higher-capacity ports, expanded locks and dams and other infrastructure improvements are needed in the Mississippi River Watershed to allow its waterways to handle shipping demands caused by higher agriculture, oil and natural gas production and manage climate change effects, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers official said yesterday. Brig. Gen. Peter A. […] [...]

Stranded river barges could be moving south this weekend

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Federal officials hope a massive effort to remove silt and sand deposits from the bed of the Mississippi River in Minnesota will have cleared a path for hundreds of tied-up barges carrying millions of dollars in cargo to resume their trips downstream over the weekend. Commercial barge traffic has been choked […] [...]

Scientist: Gulf dead zone’s size ‘about average’ this year

GULF OF MEXICO — The dead zone — an area off Louisiana where there’s too little oxygen in the Gulf of Mexico to keep sea creatures alive — is about average this year and currently the size of Connecticut, a veteran scientist reported yesterday. The dead zone covered about 5,050 square miles as of Aug. […] [...]

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