Closed lock and dam causes Mississippi River traffic jam

2 years 5 months 3 weeks ago Friday, September 01 2017 Sep 1, 2017 Friday, September 01, 2017 1:18:26 PM CDT September 01, 2017 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Emergency repairs to a gate at a lock and dam near St. Louis is causing a Mississippi River traffic jam.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that barges on Friday were lined up due to a cracked gate at the Melvin Price Locks and dam at Alton, Illinois. Barge traffic has been closed since Wednesday afternoon. Officials hope to reopen the gate around 6 a.m. Sunday.

By Friday morning, 19 northbound barge tows and 15 southbound tows were stalled.

Army Corps of Engineers spokeswoman Amanda Kruse says the cracks were discovered during a routine inspections.

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