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Corps: Wider channel provides unrestricted daytime lower Miss. River NB travel

(Source: US Army Corps) (Source: US Army Corps)
MEMPHIS, TN (KFVS) -

Northbound vessels on the Mississippi River with as many as 49 barges are now able to move through the restricted portion of the river at Fair Landing during daylight hours.

That is according to the US Army Corps of Engineers.

This helps speed the clearing of the daily queue and reduces the wait time for southbound vessels. Work is also proceeding well in the narrowest reach of the restricted area and the Corps expects normal, unrestricted one-way traffic to resume Monday, November 17, when the mat sinking unit moves to a wider section of Fair Landing.

The Mississippi Valley Division's mat sinking unit resumed operations at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday after the queue of 18 tows was cleared at 2:30 a.m.

"We are working closely with the Coast Guard and the towboat captains to clear the traffic queue as quickly as we can each night," Maj. Gen. Michael Wehr, commander of the Mississippi Valley Division said. "As we continue our conversations with navigation industry leaders and the Coast Guard, we'll assess performance of the traffic queue management system and review operational results," Wehr added. And based on discussions held Nov. 11, the group determined that the mat sinking unit will not work this weekend (Nov. 15-16)."

A narrow bend along this reach of river passes one-way traffic under normal conditions. Since restrictions were implemented, approximately 131 tows, pushing a total of 2,237 barges, have traveled past Fair Landing, Arkansas.

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