Posts Tagged ‘river traffic’

Commission sets fee for public to buy bridge video footage

VICKSBURG — Copies of videos from security cameras on the old U.S. Highway 80 bridge over the Mississippi River will cost the public $500 each. The Vicksburg Bridge Commission voted this week to charge the fee to turn over footage from its security cameras when formally requested. The Vicksburg Post reports a federal lawsuit was […] [...]

Service Specialist wins museum contract from Corps

VICKSBURG and RIDGELAND — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District, has awarded a contract to Service Specialist of Ridgeland for the operation and maintenance of the Lower Mississippi River Museum and Riverfront Interpretive Site (LMRM). The amount of the yearly contract is $305,000 and will provide staff, interpretive services, general maintenance and landscaping […] [...]

American Queen stranded in Memphis due to low water

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The American Queen steamboat is docked in Memphis, Tenn., unable to paddle on down the Mississippi River because of low water. A trip that began Aug. 3 at Louisville, Ky., was cut short well before the steamboat’s destination of Vicksburg. American Queen Steamboat Company’s Tim Rubacky tells The Commercial Appeal navigation problems […] [...]

Sediment from last year’s flood impacting dredging on low river

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Army Corps of Engineers says the historic flood of 2011 dumped more sediment than usual in the lower Mississippi River and rivers in Arkansas and Louisiana. And this year’s extreme low water and low flow are leaving it there. The corps’ Vicksburg office says that’s also making normal dredging very difficult, […] [...]

River reopens after towboat runs aground near Greenville

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Mississippi River is open again to traffic after being closed due to a barge grounding. The towboat Bootsie B ran aground yesterday pushing 13 empty barges and 15 barges loaded with fertilizer and salt. Coast Guard petty officer Ryan Tippets says the grounding happened near Greenville. Tippets says today that the […] [...]

Coast Guard: No current plans to close ever-falling river

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Mississippi River level is continuing to drop, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Memphis says it is using survey boats and dredges to maintain safe navigation. The National Weather Service says drought has dropped the river’s summer level in Memphis to about 13 feet below normal, and it could […] [...]

Corps warns of dredging on falling river without a permit

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Vicksburg District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reports it is working to hard to keep low water levels from closing commercial navigation on the rivers in its 68,000 square mile area of responsibility. According to the National Weather Service this year’s drought is affecting nearly 61 percent of the […] [...]

Former RR depot gets new life as transportation museum

VICKSBURG — The city of Vicksburg is celebrating the opening of the Old Depot Museum. It’s housed in the former Yazoo and Mississippi River Valley Railroad Depot. The grand opening was held yesterday. The museum in downtown Vicksburg features a huge collection of ship models and riverboat models. “We have an exhibit of tow boats […] [...]

Mississippi River dropping, reaching near record low-water mark

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Mississippi River is slipping into record low territory, but traffic is not expected to be affected. The Mississippi River at Vicksburg has fallen from 16.9 feet May 1 to 8.8 feet yesterday. It is predicted to drop to 6.1 feet by July 11 unless there is significant rainfall in the Upper […] [...]

Corps reports museum nearing completion; opening set for July

VICKSBURG — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District’s construction of the Lower Mississippi River Museum and Riverfront Interpretive Center is nearing completion. The museum will consist of a two-story, 20,000-square-foot building attached to the Motor Vessel Mississippi. The building will include a reception area, orientation theater, interactive displays and exhibits and a classroom/activity […] [...]

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