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IL: Illinois Waterway, LaGrange Lock, daytime closure - UPDATE

Date Posted: Aug 18, 2017

8/18/17:  The Dam is up and all traffic is locking. Pool is 429.16 @ 0600. Please craft may be locked through during noon break. Call the lock for information.

8/16/17: The Dam is up and all traffic is locking. Pool is 429.15 @ 0600

8/11/17: At 0900 the dam was in the process of being raised.All traffic will be locked.

8/10/17: The Dam is down and all traffic will use the navigable pass. Pool is 427.82 @ 0600.

8/9/17: The dam is down and all traffic will use the navigable pass. At 0600 the pool was 428.26.

8/8/17: The Dam is down and all traffic will use the navigable pass. At 0600 the pool was 428.66. Normal pool level is 429.0.  At 427.5 the wickets go up which means the lock will once again be operating.

7/6/17: The wicketts are up and all traffic is locking.

6/13/17: LaGrange Lock and Dam, RM 80.2 will be closed Monday through Saturday, from 0600 to 1700 hrs beginning on
Thursday, 15-June-2017 to Tuesday, 12-Sept-2017.
There will be a 70' width restriction at all times.
Please contact LaGrange Lock on Channel 14 or (217)225-3317 for further instructions.

Ed Note: For downbound pleasure craft, Logston Tug Service (217-323-1290), mile 88.2, provides limited transient docking. Anchoring will be difficult due to the number of tows that will be waiting to lock through. McGee Creek at mile 66.6 RDB or mile 61.6 LDB just north of the NW RR Bridge may be a possibilities.  We suggest you call the lock to discuss your options to lock through just before closing or just after opening.

Source: COE, Rock Island District

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IL: Ohio River, mile 970.0, dredging

Date Posted: Aug 16, 2017

Continuing until approximately August 29, 2017, Luhr Bros. Inc., will conduct dredging operations in the vicinity of Mile 970.0, American Bar. The contractors floating plant will consist of the Dredge BILL HOLMAN. Work will be conducted 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. The Dredge BILL HOLMAN will operate next to the navigation channel and will monitor VHF-FM Channel 13. Mariners MUST contact the dredge to make passing arrangements. Mariners are urged to transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize their wake and proceed with caution, after passing arrangements have been made.

Source: CG 8th District (Rivers) LNM 08r332017

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IL: Illinois Waterway, safety zone between miles 296.1 - 296.7

Date Posted: Aug 15, 2017

The Coast Guard hereby gives notice that the Captain of the Port Lake Michigan is enforcing a segment of the safety zone defined in 33 CFR 165.930 in order to protect the waterway and waterway users from the potential hazards associated with barge entrainment mitigation trials to be conducted at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s electric dispersal barrier. This safety zone will encompass all waters of the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal between Mile 296.1 and Mile 296.7. This safety zone will be enforced from8 a.m. until 6 p.m. with a 2 hour opening for traffic to pass from noon until 2 p.m. each Monday through Friday from July 31, 2017 through September 1, 2017. Vessels will not be allowed to enter, transit through, or anchor within the safety zone without the permission of the Coast Guard Captain of the Port Lake Michigan or a designated representative. Vessels attempting to transit the safety zone outside of the 2 hour opening from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. are requested to provide a 2 hour notice before attempting to transit. Vessels please contact U.S. Fish and Wildlife or the U.S. Coast Guard via VHF-FM channel 16 to give the 2 hour notice prior to transit. If you have any questions or for further details, contact Sector Lake Michigan via VHF-FM channel 16 or (414)747-7182.

Source: Broadcast Notice to Mariners

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Illinois Waterway, mile 218.4, bridge work

Date Posted: Aug 09, 2017

Spring Valley Replacement Bridge; Pier construction is ongoing and work barges may be in the channel at various times. For passing instructions mariners may contact the M/V MARIE C., via VHF-FM Channels 13 or 16, or by phone at (630) 448-7884 or (630) 816-3925. Steel erection for the project will be beginning soon.

Source: CG 8th District (Rivers) LNM 08r322017

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IL: Illinois Waterway, Cal-Sag Channel, bridge work

Date Posted: Aug 09, 2017

Work has been extended to August 31, 2017.

7/13/17: From July 10 through August 18, 2017 between the hours of 0700 and 1500, Monday through Friday a
120 x 40 foot barge will be working under the South Ashland Avenue Bridge at Mile 5.57 (CORPS MILE 321.7) over the South Branch of the Chicago River. The barge will move to accommodate vessels if a 30-minute advance notice is provided on VHF-FM Marine channel 16.

Source: CG 9th District LNM 09322017

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AL: Black Warrior River, dredging operations

Date Posted: Aug 09, 2017

Continuing until further notice, the Dredge KELLY L will conduct dredging operations in the vicinity of Mile 300.5, Beal’s Landing Bar. Work will be conducted 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Upon completion, the dredge will relocate to Mile 312.4, Little Sandy Creek, Mile 313.1, Little Log Shoals and Mile 261.8, Selden Upper Approach. It is anticipated that these assignments will be completed by August 30, 2017. The Dredge KELLY L will monitor VHF-FM Channel 16. Mariners are urged to transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize their wake.

Source: CG 8th District (Rivers) LNM 08r322017

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Illinois Waterway, mile 87, dredging

Date Posted: Aug 09, 2017

Continuing until approximately August 24, 2017, the M/V LaSALLE is conducting dredging operations in the vicinity of Mile 87.0, RDB, Grape Island.
Work will be conducted 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. The floating plant will consist of the M/V LaSALLE, a material barge and a dunnage barge.
The plant will equal approximately 80 feet by 300 feet. The M/V LaSALLE will monitor VHF-FM Channels 13, 14 or 82 and requests 30-minutes advance notice of passage. Mariners are urged to transit the area at their slowest safe speed to minimize their wake and proceed with caution after passing arrangements have been made.

Source: CG 8th District (Rivers) LNM 08r322017

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Tennessee River, Miles 535.0 - 532.0, temporary aids to navigation

Date Posted: Aug 03, 2017

Continuing until approximately November 30, 2017, maintenance operations will be conducted at the Watts Bar L/D in the vicinity of Mile 529.9. Lighted buoys will be in place to mark the maintenance operation. These buoys will be in place between approximate Miles 535.0 and 532.0 and will be maintained to ensure that they do not impede commercial navigation traffic, but as the work progresses up river the buoys will end up shifting from one side of the river to the other over the duration of the job. These buoys will have strobe lights on them for boaters at night.

Source: CG 8th District (Rivers) LNM 08r312017

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TN: Tennessee River, mile 424.7, delays at Nickajack Lock

Date Posted: Jul 21, 2017

During the week of 14 August through 20 August 2017, navigation traffic may experience delays from 6am until 4pm and longer lockage times during the duration of the week to allow routine maintenance to be performed to filling valve machinery at Nickajack Lock. Only one filling valve will be available during this time which will make
filling the chamber take twice as long as normal lockages.
Questions about these delays can be addressed to the Lockmaster by telephone at 423-942-3985.

Source: USACOE Jacksonville District

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Tennessee River, Fort Loudon Lock, delays for pleasure craft

Date Posted: Jul 19, 2017

Continuing until September 8, 2017, intermittent delays for recreational traffic can be expected at the Fort Loudoun L/D in the vicinity of Mile 602.3. There is no auxiliary lock available at this location. Mariners may contact the lock at (865) 986-8051, for additional information.

Source: CG 8th District (Rivers) LNM 08r292017

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