Federal officials hope to clear enough silt and sand from the Mississippi River so barge traffic can resume downstream this weekend. Commercial traffic on the upper Mississippi has been choked off for weeks by large sediment deposits left behind by flooding.
Commercial barge traffic should fully resume on the Mississippi River as early as next Tuesday. Parts of the heavily used upper Mississippi River were left impassible to barge and tug traffic after recent flooding left behind an unwanted surprise.
A frustrating Fourth of July is in store for some Twin Cities families. Several lakes and rivers have dangerously high water levels in addition to storm debris floating on or just below the surface. The water is moving so fast that the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis and near Minnehaha Park has been off limits to all boaters for the last ten days. The locks for commercial barges just reopened Wednesday, but recreational boating is still prohibited.
A tiny threat has stopped work on the new St. Croix River bridge.
The U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers will officially close the navigation system on the upper Mississippi River Dec. 3, after what’s been a bit of an unusual season.
A portion of the Mississippi River near La Crosse, Wis., has been closed Thursday by the U.S. Coast Guard for dredging operations after barges ran aground.
The navigation season on the Upper Mississippi River has opened with the passage of the vessel John M. Rivers through the lock and dam near Hastings. It’s about a week later than average.