Upper Mississippi navigation season draws to close


The Wisconsin, a vessel from the Marquette Transportation fleet, headed south through Lock and Dam 10 at Guttenberg on Nov. 30. The local lock will remain open until the river freezes over. (Press photo by Shelia Tomkins)

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District, locked the last tow of the season for the St. Paul, Minn., area on Nov. 27.

The Motor Vessel Ginger Griffin New locked through Lock and Dam 2, near Hastings, Minn., with two barges. Traditionally, the last tow heading south of Lock and Dam 2 has marked the unofficial end of the navigation season for the St. Paul District.

The navigation season started April 9 when the Motor Vessel Roberta Tabor broke through the ice in Lake Pepin en route to St. Paul. Minn. The Motor Vessel Show Me State was the last tow of the 2012 season, and she locked through Nov. 28. 

"We successfully completed another navigation season on the Upper Mississippi River," said Bryan Peterson, St. Paul District locks and dams chief. "The staff at our 13 Locks and Dams did a great job ensuring that millions of tons of commodities and thousands of recreational craft were able to reach their destinations through our  Inland Marine Transportation System."

The Corps will continue managing the river during the navigation closure in order to maintain the 9-foot channel. All navigation tows will need to be south of Lock and Dam 8, near Genoa, Wis., by Dec. 2 due to the Corps closing the lock this winter to dewater it and perform maintenance on the infrastructure at the facility.

 

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