LaGrange Lock and Dam Closure Period Extended
The extended closure overlaps with Illinois grain harvesting
The planned closure of the LaGrange closure (see July 2 Grain Transportation Report) is now extended through October 13, according to a discussion at the Inland Waterways Users Board on July 22. Because of high water, the contractor could not perform certain pre-closure tasks. The extended closure will overlap with the period of high activity in Illinois grain harvesting. In an attempt to keep the closure period to the original 90 days, the Rock Island District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is in discussions with the contractor to accelerate the process. However, USACE cannot guarantee an expedited process. The other lock closures on the Illinois River remain on schedule.