Mississippi River reopening to traffic after flood

Jun 07, 2013 | 12:54 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Mississippi River, flooding, navigation, locks, dams, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Coast Guard, Corinna Petry

CHICAGO — The U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have begun taking steps to get Mississippi River traffic moving again as floodwaters began to recede.

The Coast Guard’s Upper Mississippi River sector, after consulting with vessel operators and shippers, reopened a five-mile stretch of the river to southbound commercial traffic between mile markers 179 and 184. That lane was closed June 3 after a "drift" of trees made navigation dangerous to vessel operations (amm.com, June 5). Northbound....

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