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River shipping resumes after emergency repairs to lock

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Shipping resumed today through one of the Mississippi River’s busiest locks after crews completed emergency repairs that took days and that stranded hundreds of barges destined for points north or south. By the time the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reopened Lock 27 at Granite City, Ill., just north of St. Louis, […] [...]

Measuring river’s depth not like it used to be

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Reading the depth of the Mississippi River is high-tech stuff compared to decades ago, when engineers used sticks and pressure lines to measure water levels. Still, a clear measure of water in the river when levels are low can be confusing even when updated hourly on the Internet. To get the amount, […] [...]

Grounded barge forces another closing of Mississippi

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Another barge grounding near Greenville has closed the Mississippi River to shipping. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Robert Anderson said a barge ran past buoys marking the shipping channel Saturday evening. Coast Guard Petty Officer Ryan Tippets said yesterday it was refloated, but vessel traffic was not expected to resume before today. […] [...]

Low water shuts down Mississippi River; nearly 100 boats idled

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Nearly 100 boats and barges were waiting for passage yesterday along an 11-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that has been closed due to low water levels, the U.S. Coast Guard said. New Orleans-based Coast Guard spokesman Ryan Tippets said the stretch of river near Greenville has been closed intermittently since Aug. […] [...]

Neel-Schaffer hired to conduct traffic projection study

GAUTIER — The engineering firm of Jackson-based Neel-Schaffer has been hired by the Gautier City Council for a traffic projection study along Mississippi 57 between U.S. 90 and Interstate 10. The Mississippi Press reports a professional service agreement with Neel-Schaffer was approved earlier this week. The action is part of the mayor and council’s strategic […] [...]

New four-lane Highway 9 to open for traffic next week

UNION COUNTY and CALHOUN COUNTY — The new Mississippi Highway 9 from Sherman to U.S. Highway 278 near Pontotoc will open for traffic Monday. Officials tell the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal the new 12-mile highway will provide a much-sought four-lane link from the entrance to Magnolia Way, the frontage road leading to the Toyota assembly […] [...]

Officials say I-269 will ease traffic, increase safety

DESOTO COUNTY — Mississippi transportation officials are touting the benefits of the Interstate 269 project. After all the segments are complete, I-269 will form a 30-mile bypass around Memphis through Tennessee and Mississippi and will connect to the existing I-69/I-55 corridor hub. The projected corridor eventually will stretch from Canada to Mexico. Mike Tagert, Mississippi’s […] [...]

Commission rethinking downtown parking following aldermen’s rejection

OXFORD — Members of Oxford’s Downtown Parking Commission have gone back to the drawing board after a plan to implement paid parking on the Square failed to gain the support of enough aldermen to be passed. Their “plan B” focuses on enforcing the two-hour parking limit on premium parking spaces around the Square by issuing […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Mat Sinking Unit to work harder due to historic 2011 flood

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) Mat Sinking Unit (MSU) is scheduled to depart today from Vicksburg to begin laying articulated concrete mattress (ACM) squares that will protect submerged riverbanks in more than 30 locations. Traditionally, the MSU departs Vicksburg heading northward toward Cairo, Ill., and works back down the riverbanks on each […] [...]

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